India and Russia is on the verge to sign several major defence deals along with enhancing joint development programs of Indian defence projects. The projects will focus on heightening the Brahmos missile and co-developing India’s Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).
The Brahmos Aerospace is a joint venture between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPOM of Russia established in India in February, 1998, the word Brahmos representing the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva.
The Brahmos is presently operative with the Indian Navy ships and Indian Army’s land based launchers. The first Brahmos weapon induction began in the navy from 2005 with INS Rajput as the first ship.
Following the BRICS summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said India and Russia have agreed to improve the Brahmos missile and will work to increase its range.
ndia’s Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) is also being developed by India and Russia which is based on the Russian PAK-FA., a fifth generation fighter aircraft program of the Russian Air Force, the T-50 is its prototype.
The FGFA is being co-developed by Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force.
The PAK-FA is planned to have stealth and advanced avionics. It is a twin-engine fighter jet strategic for attack missions. The Russian Air Force plans to induct it in 2017.
The FGFA will be modified for the Indian requirements and will have 40 improvements over the Russian version. India will invest $4 billion to develop the FGFA and wants to produce more than 100 such jets with Russia sharing critical aircrafts technologies. Following the joint venture of the Brahmos, India and Russia had agreed to jointly develop the FGFA, as said by Putin.
Both nations hope to conclude dialogues by the year end and sign indenture for jointly manufacturing the FGFA.