posted on Feb, 4 2010 @ 11:10 AM
reply to post by rapier28
Let me give my perspective...
India wanted to seriously involve itself in the 5 th Generation Aircraft project as it learnt from the LCA experience that it can in no way handle the
MCA project. On the other hand Russia was more eager to for Indian participation because they knew, even if India had the knowhow its technology is
still in infancy to design an aircraft which would compete with Russian aircraft in future. Thats not the case with the Chinese, though they still
lack in engine and avionics designing, if onboard Pak Fa project they would narrow thier gap with Russians soon. This was the status some years ago
when the project was first proposed to India.
Ironically the Indians were impressed with the Migs Mig I 2000 proposal and not the Sukhoi`s heavy aircraft concept. But the Migs dint have any money
and Russians knew only Sukhoi had limited resources to even design a Pak fa....that said the Russians worked on Pakfa for some years and then again
came back to India with thier finalised design to impress Indians...but unfortunately Indians were furious as they knew the project is in a advanced
stage and they have lost out on the knowledge curve of designing, once again the sukhoi corp came back and said they would also design a lighter
aircraft for Indians with the Pak fa technology just like the F-35, but Indians discarded the idea as it was again costly...finally a compromise was
worked out...in lines as the Su-MKi, ie though being a heavier aircraft with two pilots it would perform varied missions thus suiting Indians
requirement..(India has more pilots and less aircraft) Though India knew Russia would not allow Chinese participation in Pak Fa, Russia would
invariably sell these aircrafts to China and in order to check that decision making India is now reluctantly onboard the project. It did release some
emergency funds requested by the Sukhoi for the prototypes but it needs to be seen how far the twin seat configeration impress the IAF bosses. As of
now India shares 25 % of IP rights for the project and Indian Pakfa will be a Hybrid of Pak Fa airframe and western and India avionics.