Will Russia sell the Sukhoi Su-57 plane to India?
Real possibility to receive funds for the program
According to what the Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Rostec Victor Kladov said to "Tass", Russia intends to open negotiations with India to sell the Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation aircraft, which was initially planned to be for the exclusive use of the Moscow Air Force. But the difficulties in financing the development of technologies and the high cost of production would be forcing the Russian government to look for potential buyers and Kladov admitted that Delhi has received more than an appreciation for the Su-57. To curb the sale would be the fact that "India has not yet decided whether to focus on next-generation technologies or whether to buy other Su-30MKI", explained the leader of the aerospace and defense industries consortium Rostec, also recalling how the fourth-generation Sukhoi currently in use "is more reliable and better known by Indian pilots". The priority in the production and sales of the Su-57 remains Russia, but Kladov has not ruled out any potential overseas sales which demonstrates the need for Russian industries to receive new funds to invest. Furthermore, these could also be statements of propaganda, because many doubts have been raised about the feasibility of mass production of the model.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency