India disappointed with Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 fighter


Officials with the Indian Air Force believe that Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet does not correspond to required characteristics and is inferior to the American F-35 and F-22. Therefore, the Russian-Indian program for the development of the fifth-generation fighter can be continued only after a relevant political decision is made, The Hindustan Times reports.

The government of India, a number of officials and experts believe that one needs to continue the program, whereas the Indian Ministry of Defense considers the program incredibly expensive.

“So we are trying to find out what we are getting for our money,” the newspaper said quoting a representative of the ministry.

The contract to finance FGFA research and development is evaluated at $4 billion.

Earlier, it was reported that the Indian military said that India could pull out from the joint program with Russia for the creation of the new fifth-generation fighter. According to Defense News, the Indians are concerned about the backwardness of technology and the inability of the promising product to compete with the American F-35.



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  1. “political decision”?? = more money to someone pocket – yes “horse trading” is still very strong in India!

  2. India must be loaded with dollars from tourists and needs to unload before the western banks go bust. They want the most expensive military hardware and are not worried about the cost. A deal with the U S will cost them more than money but they can’t go to China for much of anything. They can always get a big discount if they make big geopolitical concessions to the West.

  3. Telling is in the word … “Therefore, Russian Indian program … can only continue after a relevant POLITICAL decision is made.” Not a technical decision made post analysis but, a political decicison. By definition politicians can’t be trusted and, give political a bad name.

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