MOSCOW, (BM) – The Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic missile could be a “tool” in a future deal between Moscow and New Delhi. Russian sources claim that the Indians are ready to buy a large quantity of the Russian Su-57 fighter if the Russians manage to adapt it for use with the BrahMos supersonic rocket, and in the future for the next generation of the same missile.
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All this means that the Russian fighter of 4 ++ generation Su-57 will become this missile carrier. The signals, according to Russian sources, are that Moscow is ready to fulfill this condition. According to military advisers in Moscow, Sukhoi is already analyzing the possibility of their latest fighter being armed with BrahMos.
This news could be critical to the development of the Indian Air Force in the coming decades. It is no secret that India is working on its version of a next-generation fighter. Deepening relations between the two countries in this area would allow New Delhi easier access to Russian technology.
According to rumors among the Russian military community, there is a rumor that a similar test has been conducted. A few months ago, a video was released about the launch of a Su-57 missile, the size of which is identical to that currently being developed by BrahMos 2. However, this information has remained in the realm of assumptions and cannot be confirmed.
Russian-Indian talks has already begun
Russia and India have resumed talks on the purchase of the Su-57. A positive signal for the aircraft’s bright future was that 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.
Russia invites India in Su-57 project
Russia is ready together with India to create a fifth-generation fighter; a positive signal to intensify this work may be a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense to purchase Su-57, BulgarianMilitary.com reported last year in February, citing the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov statement.
The Minister also noted that the Russian new MiG-35 fighter, which was announced to participate in the Indian tender, surpasses many competitors’ “in-flight performance and combat properties.”
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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