Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article
  • First woman pilot of Indian Navy to join ops on Dec 2:-First woman pilot of Indian Navy will join Naval operations here on December 2, two days ahead of Navy Day on December 4. ...
  • Trump Admin approves sale of USD 1 bn worth of naval guns to India:-The Trump Administration has notified to the US Congress its determination to sell USD 1 billion worth of naval guns to India for use against warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment, in a move that would enhance the lethal capabilities of the Indian Navy....
  • India all set to have first CDS by January; NSA-led committee completes ground work:-India is all set to have a chief of defence staff by January as a high-level committee headed by NSA Ajit Doval is wrapping up the ground work to appoint the single-point military adviser to the government as suggested by the Kargil Review Committee in 1999. In a landmark military reform, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15 announced that India will have the CDS as head of the tri-services....
  • India, Singapore agree to hold trilateral maritime exercise annually:-Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held wide-ranging talks with his Singapore counterpart Ng Eng Hen here on Wednesday during which the two sides agreed to conduct the trilateral maritime exercise involving Singapore, India and Thailand annually from next year. The first Singapore-India-Thailand maritime exercise (SITMEX) was held in the Andaman Sea in September as part of the security and safety of Indo-Pacific sea lines....

Fifth gen fighter aircraft to be unveiled in India by 2014

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

An artist's rendition of a Fifth Geneneration Fighter Aircraft.

NEW DELHI (PTI): The initial version of a fighter plane, being jointly developed by India and Russia and tipped to be one of the most-advanced in the world, will be unveiled in India in 2014.

The Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) with stealth features is slated to be inducted in the Indian Air Force by 2022.

The two sides are close to signing a key contract expected to be worth over $11 billion for research and development phase of the project in the near future.

"The first prototype of the FGFA is scheduled to arrive in India by 2014 after which it will undergo extensive trials at the Ojhar air base (Maharashtra)...we are hopeful that the aircraft would be ready for induction by 2022," IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne told PTI.

The IAF Chief was in Russia in the second week of August where he reviewed the progress made in the programme and the prototypes of the aircraft developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau at Zhukovsky there.

The second prototype will arrive in India in 2017 and the third prototype will arrive in 2019.

Based on the experience of test-flights of the each prototype, the final version of the FGFA would be developed for operational service, Browne said.

India plans to acquire 214 of these fighter planes by the end of 2030 at an estimated cost of over $30 billion.

Russia has already developed three prototypes of the aircraft which are being used for carrying out test-flights.

The aircraft will have stealth features and its size would be smaller than that of the frontline Su-30 MKI.

The design of the aircraft is expected to be finalised by the two sides later this year. The two sides had signed an agreement for the design of the plane last year.

Besides the FGFA, India is also in the process of procuring 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) and around 140 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to replenish the Air Force whose squadron strength is dwindling.

The IAF is in the process of phasing-out Russian-origin MiG series fighters which are almost forty years old in operational service.

The FGFA along with the Russian-origin Su-30 MKIs and the 126 MMRCA would be the mainstay of the Air Force in the next more than four decades.


FGFA  India  Russia  
Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

Nuclear capable Prithvi-2 missile successfully testfired at night

India successfully testfired on Wednesday night its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-2 missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range off Odisha coast, an official of the ITR said.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems


Brahmand World Defence Update 2019

Image Gallery