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$8.63-billion advanced fighter aircraft project with Russia put on ice

NSA Doval tells Russian delegation that India shelving $8.63 billion deal

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India Russia Defence Deal

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

The proposal for India and Russia to jointly develop an advanced fighter — the eponymous Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) — has been formally buried. Business Standard has learnt that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval conveyed the decision to a Russian ministerial delegation at a “Defence Acquisition Meeting” in end-February.

Doval and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, who attended the meeting, asked the Russians to proceed alone with developing their fifth-generation fighter. They said India might possibly join the project later, or buy the fully ...

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First Published: Fri, April 20 2018. 06:50 IST
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