Senior sources in the Indian Defense Ministry confirmed that after a couple of years of painful negotiations, the parties completed the harmonization of the preparatory design of the machine (PDC — preliminary design contract). This is the main document that will allow the parties to finally begin to develop the aircraft.
"The negotiators have done their job, and the government could make out this month, this document", uttered in the ministry. If the document will be given a green light, the contract is likely to be signed during the upcoming December visit to India by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of state aircraft company HAL Ashok Nayak (Ashok Nayak) said that if the appropriate bit of the parties to participate in this program will be approved and the contract on the preparatory design is signed, the design of the aircraft will be completed within 18 months. According to him, a full-scale development and the establishment of a fighter can take 8-10 years.
Russian and Indian Air Force plans to buy about 250 fighters based machine prices in the U.S. $ 100 million. So Makar, either party will have more izderzhat by $ 25 billion
These astronomical figures became even more pressing issues, when in the past, the United States were required to close the program from the F-22 because of its very highest prices — any machine costs about $ 340 million since the technology F-22 were found only necessary to ensure the technological advantages USA plane was designed and carried out only on the location U.S.. As a result, the Pentagon refused to follow purchasing the F-22 fighter planes confining 187 — half of what it had planned to buy based on the 2006 plan.
"Even if the U.S. can not allow ourselves to act alone on programmke fighter fifth generation, Our homeland and a fortiori can not. In the Russian Federation had no other choice but to try to co-opt India as a partner program, "said a senior officer of the Indian Air Force.
Eight years ago Our homeland India proposed to create fighter Fifth generation, but it was not clear on what fronts should go together development. In 2005-2007, when India began a rapprochement with the United States, has slowed the progress of negotiations. Progress has resumed in November 2007, when our country and India signed a governmental agreement on this program there.
But HAL sources report that even after the signing of this agreement, Russian negotiators at each step of waiting instructions from the top management of the country, on what top-secret technologies need to work with India.
"Our homeland for the first time agreed to lead the development of advanced military on the other state, but before each step Russian negotiators are expected, as they are called, presidential decrees, how to work on this top-secret program," says a source. So Makar on agreement took almost three years, until the parties have come to the negotiations on general contract and a separate contract for non-disclosure disk imaging. In March 2010, the tactical and technical requirements for the joint development was signed.
Meanwhile, the Our homeland in January 2010 conducting tests layout fighter fifth-generation PAK FA program there (promising aviation complex tactical aircraft). This layout is created with the requirements of the Russian Air Force.
Representatives HAL believe that fraction India airframe design is about 30%. In the main the Indian side will participate in the development of new electrical equipment, such as a host computer, avionics, cockpit displays and electronic warfare systems. In addition, India will have to redesign the single PAK FA in the double version, which is preferred by the Air Force. As the Su-30MKI, Indian Air Force wants to have one pilot was engaged in piloting the plane, and the second ran detectors, network systems and implement.