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Fifth Generation Fighter air-crafts to be jointly developed by India and Russia.

Russian President is on 2 day official visit to India. In his tour, India and Russia on Dec-21 decided to jointly design and manufacture a most advanced Fifth generation stealth fighter by signing a preliminary design contract which is said to be worth $30 billion.

The preliminary design contract for the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) "envisages joint design and development" of the jet, an official statement said.

This firm which gonna develop and work on this project are India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Russia's Sukhoi Design Bureau and Rosoboron export.

To be developed 30-tonne aircraft will be having state of art advanced avionics, stealth to increase survivability and enhanced lethality, capability to launch air-to-air, air-to-surface and air-to-ship missiles.

This aircraft will compete with the US F-22 Raptor, world's only operational fifth-generation fighter, and the under production F-35 Lightning II. Both aircraft are manufactured by a consortium led by Lockheed Martin.

- IANS Inputs

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