Russia to commence flight tests of FGFA
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 20:28
Moscow: Russia will soon flight-test the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), which is developed along with India, a senior cabinet member said here today.

"In the end of December-beginning of January, we are not making any New Year presents, but flight tests will start shortly," Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said.

Under an agreement signed in October 2007, India has also joined Russia in the project based on Sukhoi's PAK FA project and the two nations are in negotiations to finalise the commercial contract for the deal.

At least three prototypes of FGFA have been made by the KNAAPO aircraft plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and several Indian teams have visited the facility in the country's Far East near the Chinese border, sources told.

The FGFA is to compete with the US F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II and the Russian Air Force plans to induct the futuristic fighter from 2015.

According to the local media the FGFA is to be equipped with the 'artificial intellect', advanced avionics and stealth capability.

With several mid-air refuellings it could cruise for hours at the supersonic speed.


First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 20:28

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