250 million USD in the first tranch was invested initially and the work was supposed to be shared. But Russians were very reluctant to let in Drdo on the integration of India's share of research on the prototypes.Hey @Lord Of Gondor , I have a quick question for you or any other Indian member that requires an honest answer regarding the FGFA program We all know India pulled out of it, but did India actually invest any part of that $6 billion to Sukhoi and the Russians before it pulled out and lost any of it or did it not actually start any of the funding because the Russians were too busy and India claimed progress was a bit slow by the time it would get to the FGFA. So I'm just wandering if India walked away with9out getting any of its invested money back and if there was any and how much? Thanks in advance,.
Thank you, sir, for the quick and detailed response. I won't copy paste your entire post just the past of the $300 million and honestly, I hate to say this since it's A LOT of your TAX MONET, but it would be mice to share a tiny portion of that LOOOOOOL, but that is considered pocket change all things especially by military' standards, Cheers,250 million USD in the first tranch was invested initially and the work was supposed to be shared. But Russians were very reluctant to let in Drdo on the integration of India's share of research on the prototypes.
Then the IAF was shown the prototypes on the ground for which the IAF complained the engines were too exposed and the structure wasn't true stealth initially and also wanted a twin-seat as an Indian variant. Finally, I think on the third visit by IAF one of the prototypes flamed out and caught fire on the ground which was the last nail in the coffin.
Later due to Budget overruns and lack of Indian funding Russians offered to sell the remaining prototypes and all the research until then for 6 billion USD to india but Drdo said they could catch up with the tech in a decade, so it was turned down. In total, I think over 300 million was lost as a whole and we don't know if that is being compensated through other JVs. There were other projects like medium-lift transport (canceled) and the medium-lift helicopter being worked upon too at that time.
Can't wait for those Romeos to join the IN. Will provide a big jump in ASuW/ASW capabilities. Kongsberg's NSM is also likely to be purchased with the 24 Romeos.Eyes of the fleet:
Great shot, seeing as the contra rotating main rotors are nicely lined up
And the future "Flying Frigates"
first flight of the MH-60R for the IN
http://www.migavia.ru/index.php/en/production/the-mig-29-fighters-family/mig-29k-mig-29kubIn 2005 the RAC "MiG" commenced production of new unified family of multi-role fighters, belonging to the "4++" generation. All fighters have a high level of structure, power plant, airborne systems, avionics and weapons unification. The fighters unified family will be in production and subjected to improvements for a long time.Both the MiG-29K (single seat) and MiG-29KUB (double seat) aircraft are the "4++" generation multi-role fighters intended for air-defense missions of naval forces, air superiority gaining, sea & ground targets destruction with the high precision guided weapons day and night and in any weather conditions.
The MiG-29K/KUB carrier-based fighters are the basic aircraft of a new unified family including also the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-35/MiG-35D aircraft.
The MiG-29K/KUB aircraft are based on the aircraft-carriers with tonnage from 28,000 tons, equipped with take-off ramp and landing arrestor, as well as at the airfields.
Main technical and technological innovations, applied on the MiG-29K/KUB fighters are the following:
– improved airframe with about 15% composite materials application;
– folding wing with upgraded high-lift devices improving take-off/landing performance;
– fly-by-wire control system with quadruple redundancy;
– significantly reduced signature in radar range;
– increased weapons load, stored at eight external hard points;
– increased internal fuel capacity and in-flight refueling possibility;
– possibility of other aircraft refueling being equipped with "PAZ-1MK" refueling unit.
The MiG-29K/KUB fighters as well as other aircraft of the unified family, have improved operational characteristics and higher reliability of assemblies, systems and units. In comparison with the previous fighters, the MiG-29K/KUB flight hours are increased more than twice, but a flight hour cost is reduced about 2.5 times. The MiG-29K/KUB fighters operate without overhaul.
The power plant includes two engines RD-33MK with increased thrust power, equipped with smokeless combustion chamber and new electronic control system (of FADEC type). Engines are of the module structure and have increased reliability and service life.
The airborne avionics is of the open architecture based on MIL-STD-1553B standard.
The fighter has multi-role, multi-mode "pulse-Doppler" type radar "Zhuk-ME" manufactured by "Fazotron-NIIP" Corporation. The radar is provided with the slot array. As compared with radars of the previous generation, "Zhuk-ME" has wider scanning angle in azimuth, twice longer target detection range, less weight and increased reliability. "Zhuk-ME" provides tracking up to 10 air targets with four targets simultaneous firing with missiles.
The MiG-29K/KUB fighters are equipped with state-of-the-art multi-channel IRST with target designation system to the anti-radar passive war-head missiles.
There is the possibility of installation on aircraft of IR and laser sighting equipment pods for ground targets illumination.
Avionics’ open architecture allows installation on aircraft of new equipment and weapons of Russian and foreign origin upon customer’s request.
The MiG-29K/KUB fighters are equipped with the built-in automated integrated system "Karat" of serviceability check and data recording, video-recorder, computer-aided flight mission recording into the airborne radio-electronic system as well as airborne autonomous power generation station used for the equipment ground checks without main engines starting-up.
Weapons system includes "A-A", "A-S" missiles, guided aerial bombs, rockets, aerial bombs and built-in air-gun of 30 mm caliber. Upon request of the customer the new types of weapons can be applied.
Both the single and double seat versions of aircraft have the same airborne equipment and weapons as well as the high unification level of structure.
For the MiG-29K/KUB fighters the full set of training means was developed including the full mission simulator with the motion system.
The MiG-29KUB aircraft first flight took place in January 2007.
The MiG-29K/KUB fighters are in production under order of the Indian Navy and RF Ministry of Defense.