Defense View: India signed an agreement with Russia on the supply of Su-57
The media report on the agreements concluded between Russia and India on Su-57 fighters.
The information and news publication "Defense View" reports that, within the framework of the international air show "Aero India 2021", Russia and India reached an agreement on the supply of Russian Su-57 fighters to the Indian Air Force, and, in addition to purchasing an unnamed number of Russian fighters, the fifth generation, it is also assumed that India will return to the FGFA program (Indian fifth generation fighter based on the Su-57 - ed.).
“The Defense Research and Development Organization of India (DRDO) was primarily interested in fifth generation fighter technology for their own production. At the time, it was believed in New Delhi that they either already existed or were in the final stages of development. That is, the problem was not the low quality of the fifth-generation Russian Su 57 fighters, but intellectual property rights. It is possible that making a combat aircraft of this level for India on its own was a somewhat more difficult task than was initially assumed. The other day, Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force Birender Singh Dhanova spoke about the conditions for acquiring the Su-57 from Russia: “When it is already put into operation for you, only then will we be able to make a decision for ourselves. We are ready to consider it for purchase after we see it in the case, and it will be submitted to us for testing for evaluation. Thus, India did not put an end to the project at all, but only temporarily froze the negotiations, allowing Moscow to eliminate all "childhood diseases" at its own expense. Cynical, but practical. And now New Delhi has asked to bring him an export version of the Russian fifth-generation fighter for "inspection" ", - reports the publication "Defense View".
Given the fact that a flight copy of the Su-57E fighter has not yet been created, there is still no real contract between Russia and India, however, given New Delhi's new interest in Russian fifth-generation fighters, it is obvious that a contract between the two countries may occur. soon.