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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Indian Air Force to Opt for Fewer Fifth-Gen FGFA Stealth Fighter Aircraft, to Cut Cost by Ordering Just 3 Squadrons

Su T-50 PAK-FAIn the backdrop of dwindling fighter jet fleet in the arsenal of Indian Air Force (IAF) that has made India's top security analysts worried, the IAF will be oping for lesser number of Russia's advanced stealth fighter aircraft, the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA).

IAF is currently looking at only 65 aircraft, with 18 each for three squadrons and the rest for training. FGFA is based on the T-50 aircraft under the Russian PAK-FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) programme that will challenge F-22 Raptor of the US. This is also the first aircraft that Russia has designed since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Tribune reported that IAF will reduce their requirement by half to 65 from its earlier 127 FGFAs as part of the Indo-Russian collaboration. The cutting down of the order indicates IAF wanting to trim its military imports and cut costs.

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