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After six years of negotiations on jointly developing an advanced fifth generation fighter aircraft with stealth features, New Delhi and Moscow today reached an agreement at a meeting of their Defence Ministers.
Fronted by Sukhoi Design Bureau, the PAK-FA will give both countries a distinct leap in fighter technology — the Russians have promised a first flight as early as 2009, and are open to a BrahMos-style model for development with New Delhi.
In the next decade, the fighter will be produced in large numbers to replace legacy fighters in both countries’ air forces, including MiG-29s, Jaguars and Mirage-2000s.
Work on the indegenous stealth fighter gets underway
BANGALORE: The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the aircraft design house of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) in Bangalore has formed a core team to design a medium combat aircraft (MCA), an advanced multi-role fighter with stealth capabilities.
Besides incorporating many features of the indigenous single-engine Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) that is undergoing flight trials, the MCA will use radar-absorbent materials to reduce detection by radars, making it a stealth fighter.
The new generation fighter is expected to replace the Jaguar and the Mirage-2000 fleet of the Indian Air Force in the coming decades. “The design work is getting ready. It should be completed in a year,” DRDO sources told DNA.
The advanced aircraft will be build with extensive use of composites and have smart sensors like micro electronic mechanical systems (MEMS), that can automatically detect strains or weaknesses in the airframe or wings. “The IAF is giving a lot of inputs for the design,” sources said.
Once the design is frozen, the DRDO would present the project to the government for sanction of the MCA project estimated to cost about Rs 6000 to Rs 8000 crore. The MCA will be a 12 tonne weight class fighter with a maximum take-off weight of about 18 tonnes.
It is to be powered by two “thrust vector’’ engines that facilitate controlling the flight by controlling its thrust, giving the pilot greater manoeuvrability.
But there are snags in developing Kaveri, the indigenous engine that will be used for the LCA and upgraded for the MCA. The DRDO has invited bids from global engine makers to participate in building the engine.
“The stealth features and engine are two areas that we are weak. We will bridge this gap,” sources said.
Many systems and technologies developed in India for the LCA, Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) and the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) like the flight control systems and composite wings will be used in the MCA.
“It will take about six to eight years for the first aircraft to be developed,” sources said.
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Advanced stealth fighter aircraft India-Russia’s new joint venture
[...]New Delhi was initially reluctant to embark upon a programme that was already past its basic design phase in Russia, but has now reconciled itself to making a possible lateral entry into the programme, assured by Moscow that progress off the drawing board will be spearheaded by both countries.
The programme envisages a fighter with all fifth generation capabilities. These include advanced stealth features, a full composite airframe, a crucial active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, advanced integrated onboard sensors, vectored thrust nozzles for superior manoeuvrability, the ability to deploy beyond visual range and ground attack missiles and importantly, the ability to supercruise — fly at supersonic velocities without the use of engine afterburners.
In response to a question from The Indian Express, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said, “The programme, based on a Sukhoi project, is in its third year now in Russia and draws substantial funds from our national budget. India has informed us that they have made a final choice. We can now open out contractual work to India.”
Four other inter-government agreements were signed today. These include the transfer of technology to license produce RD-33 jet engines for MiG-29 fighters at HAL’s Koraput facility [....]
Originally posted by Darkpr0
The link's dead for me, but if that's the 1-engined, long-nosed version of the Raptor it wasn't real. Nice looking piece of work though, and it looks like a feasible "light" design of the Raptor.