Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), which is an imitative model of the Sukhoi T-50 will be build by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).Russia and India have signed a 50/50 venture for the purpose of building the aircraft in December 2011. That was the time when Russia was into testing the preliminary version of T-50 aircraft that was mainly meant for entry to the Russian Air Force after the year 2017.
The Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA) was looked up on as a better option for the British Jaguar as well as the Mirage 2000 which is used by the IAF. British Jaguar and Mirage 2000 were to be moved out by the year 2015. The costs for development were considered to be mostly more than US $2 Billion. It is a fact that the MCA design concept lacked vertical stabilizer and put in a much more advanced flight control system. It was during that time in the mid 1997 that India’s DRDO planned to build up a stealthy Medium Combat Aircraft, which was an extended version of the LCA design so as to take the place of the Mirage and Jaguar by the start of 2010. The double engine aircraft was mainly designed to have a thrust ration of 7:8:1. The engines for this aircraft will be provided by Klimov.
June 2001 saw the offer by Russia on the ‘joint development and production’ of a Fifth generation fighter aircraft developed by Russia. This idea has been meant for both China and India. But currently, the proposal was directly given to the Indian Defense Minister.
Apart from signing the major defense agreement during the India-Russia Annual summit that will develop and strengthen the military skills of India, both the countries have joined together in developing the Brahmos supersonic Cruise missile as well as the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). He said to the Russian Media soon after the summit. He said “we will work together on a fifth-generation aircraft. It has basically made its maiden flight, but there are some issues we need to work out. I am talking about the T-50 fighter plane.” He also said “Our relations in this area can be described by our willingness to help our Indian friends acquire additional competences. We have organized the assembly and production of the latest T-90 tanks and Sukhoi Su-30 aircraft.” According to the President, this is a military technical cooperation. He continues that Russia is not just selling India high tech weaponry, but also has agreed to carry on joint research projects.