外文标题：Can’t keep waiting for stealth fighter, India tells Russia
NEW DELHI: Ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit here early next month, India has told Russia to come back with a plan to substantially reduce the delivery timeframe for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) if it wants to seal the futuristic project by next year.
The plan till now was that India would begin inducting the stealth fighters only 94 months — at the earliest — after the two countries inked the final design and R&D contract, which itself has already been delayed by over two years by now.
"Russia has now been told that India cannot wait for a decade to get the FGFA. The delivery schedules should be compressed instead of IAF waiting for the FGFA till 2024-2025. The Russians will probably respond during Putin's visit," a defence ministry source said on Monday.
As was first reported by TOI, India is already upset with Russia for not giving its experts "full technological access" to the FGFA project despite being an equal funding partner. The final design contract, which is yet to be inked after missing the mid-2012 deadline, envisages the two countries chipping in with $5.5 billion each towards designing, infrastructure build-up, prototype development and flight testing.
Immanuel Nadar (Unknown)
Seeing our successful Mars mission I believe soon we too will be developing our own Hi tech fighter planes better than other countries.
Abhishek Nair (Ernakulam)
Yes its a must, 10 year is a too much time, must be finished maximum by three, its better to spend money for technology transfer too.
Buy from US, get the F-35, only maybe $100-150 million a piece.
ullas nair (ROK) replies to patsaison
any specail offer to buy two F-35?
Mahendra India (India)
Putin must take this deal very seriously if it wants to see a mutual partner in India for lifetime.
Ganesh Dubey (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Russia is al time real friend so dealing must be very very polite
Yes, as the technology advances day by day, what will be the use of it if not delivered on time?
Dr.Anant GautamDr.Anant Gautam (bangalore)
ha ha ha....useless people....cdnt make their own jet in over 30years and want others to speed up...
JKVR SETTY (Mysooru)
Lets develope ourself.