Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Asia / Pacific.


Oct 18, 2009

India's defence minister A K Antony will push Russia to increase the momentum on the joint development of two key military aircraft programs - the fifth-generation fighter aircraft and multi-role transport aircraft - during annual meetings with his counterpart in Moscow. The joint design and development of the two has slipped as relations between the two countries cooled in the past few years, say industry sources. Antony will give "high priority" to discussions on these two issues during his visit, says the defense ministry. India is joining the program as a development partner, but industry sources say their officers and scientists are not getting as much access as they would have liked. They say the program is likely to face serious challenges and delays, with the first flight already postponed from 2008 to the end of 2009 and likely to slip further. Antony will press New Delhi's interest in completing the fifth-generation fighter development by 2016, as originally planned, to induct aircraft into the air force in 2017. Oct 15, 2009

There is a resurgence in interest in South Korea's fighter aircraft requirements, with the east Asian country deciding on a variety of aircraft as part of an ongoing modernization of its air force's capabilities. The choices represent a mix of imported and indigenous solutions, with the country trying to find a way to match its operational requirements with a desire to promote the...

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