New talks between Russia and India for Su-57E purchase

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NEW DELHI, (BM) – Russia’s Aviapro news agency reports that new talks have taken place between Russia and India over Russian Su-57E fighters from New Delhi. The talks took place during the international exhibition in India – AeroIndia 2021. The show ends today.

The publication says that there is no information about the negotiations’ results so far but believes that it will be announced today by the end of the day. According to the exhibition sources, the publication reports that Moscow and New Delhi agreed between Algeria and Russia to purchase the Su-57E.

We remind you that there is an agreement in principle between Russia and India on the Su-57E. The statement, experts believe, is a good starting point for this agreement to be revised. According to preliminary plans, Moscow was supposed to show its fighter’s export version, but this did not happen.

At the same time, last year…

Russia and India have resumed talks on the purchase of the Su-57. A positive signal for the aircraft’s bright future was that just days before the Indian exhibition Defexpo India 2020, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation ordered Sukhoi 76 fighters of this model.

Then the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov announced that Russia is ready to work with India to develop the Su-57 fighter.

“A significant event took place in the Su-57 program – the Ministry of Defense placed an order for 76 fighters. I believe this is a positive signal for our Indian partners, but we will discuss specific formats for cooperation,” he added.

“Of course, India will make the decision, but I am convinced that Russia is the best supplier of modern fighter jets to India,” said the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Manturov added in a conversation with journalists that India has been exploiting Russian weapons for more than 50 years and working together on several military weapons projects, which could impact.

The signals are contradictory

Over the past 24 months, the signals for the purchase of the Su-57E from India have been quite contradictory. Official press releases and information from the two ministries (Russia and India – ed.) Never arrived, but that did not stop the media from competing in their assumptions.

Russian and Indian media have claimed that India is ready to abandon the Su-57 project and focus on its local Tejas project. The reason was that, according to sources, India was dissatisfied with the engine with which Moscow decided to power the generation 4 ++ fighter.

Simultaneously, other sources claimed that both countries would overcome these obstacles, and India would wait until 2022 with its decision. Then Moscow is expected to launch the second series of manufactured Su-57 fighters, but with the second version of the engine – Product 30. This type of engine is eagerly awaited on both sides as this engine will seriously bring the Su-57 to the classification of “fighter from the fifth generation.”

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