The Indian side will resume cooperation with Russia to create its own fifth-generation fighter when the Su-57 receives a second-stage engine. This opinion was expressed by TASS military observer Viktor Litovkin.
“Let me remind you of the facts: the T-50, and now the Su-57, is already flying and launching in series, the creation of the Indian aircraft has been suspended. Until the Su-57 has a new, more powerful engine, ”the author assures. According to him, "friendship and partnership (between Delhi and Moscow) are not without roughness, overcoming which, you get the greatest effect and the best result."
In July, the Chief Air Marshal of the Air Force of India, Birender Singh Dhanoa, announced that Delhi would consider acquiring the Su-57 after it was put into service with the Russian Armed Forces.
In the same month, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the serial Su-57, currently receiving the engines of the first stage of AL-41F-1, will subsequently be replaced by power units – to the engines of the second stage ("Product 30").
In April 2018, Jane's 360 reported that India had suspended cooperation with Russia on the FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft) project, which envisaged the creation of the first fifth-generation Indian fighter based on the Su-57.
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