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Russia and India are ready to revive the joint programme for the Fifth Generation Future Aircraft (FGFA) according to Vladimir Drozhzhov, Deputy Head of the Russia’s Federal Service on Military Technical Cooperation with the Foreign States (FSVTS).
In the context of the Aero India 2021 Expo, he also claimed the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is ready for licensed production of the Ilyushin Il-112V prospective transport turboprop to replace an ageing fleet of the Antonov An-24/26s within Indian Air Force (IAF). Another preliminary agreement was reached on the MiG-35 fighter joint production if the aircraft wins the IAF tender for 114 new fighter aircraft. HAL is experienced with joint production in Russia, including the Sukhoi Su-30MKI twin jet multirole air superiority fighter, which forms up the core of IAF power.  Meanwhile, Mr. Drozhzhov confirmed the deal for the urgent purchase 21 MiG-29s and 12 Su-30MKIs.
He also announced that the first regiment of S-400 TRIUMPH long range air defence systems will be delivered to India by the end of 2021. Indian personnel have already arrived in Russia to be trained on the system. The contract from October 2018 is worth US$5.43Bn and includes equipment for five regiments, to be delivered by the end of 2024.
Yury Laskin