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The Su-57’s high cost and old engines failed the deal with India

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The official reason for India’s refusal from the Russian Su-57 is due to the high cost of fighters equipped with old engines. At the same time, the authors of The National Interest (NI) magazine believe that New Delhi’s refusal to cooperate with Moscow is not associated with technical defects, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The NI observer mentioned that preparations are underway for the delivery of the first of 76 fighters to the Russian Armed Forces.

In April 2018, India decided to leave the project of creating the Su-57. This decision in New Delhi was justified by the fact that the aircraft was very expensive, was poorly designed, and also equipped with old engines.

According to representatives of the Indian Air Force, the main disadvantages of the Su-57 were the AL-41F engines and radar. At the same time, Russian developers stated that these engines were a temporary solution until new and more powerful ones were created.

Radars were also planned to be equipped with new sensors, which were developed specifically for the Indian side.

The authors of the American publication believe that India’s complaints about the Russian Su-57 fighter could have a political basis. It is noted that the country planned to acquire 126 new French Rafale fighters for $ 18 billion.

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According to the American publication, India’s refusal to buy aircraft from Russia helped her pay for French equipment.

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