A recent Russian defence ministry video showcased one of the most-awaited stealth fighters, PAK FA T-50, a fifth generation fighter aircraft with multi-role capability. Though the video has only some frames that are dedicated to this aircraft, it has reignited Indian hopes of seeing a similar one flying with Indian insignia.
The video was released on the occasion of Russian Aerospace Force Day. The video showcased several other Russian fighter aircraft, including the Sukhoi Su-30, Su-35S fighter, Su-33 naval fighter, Tu-95 strategic bomber and MiG-29K.
The stealth fighter is Russia's answer to United States' F-22 Raptor. It is reported to have a maximum speed of 1,516MPH (2,440 kmph) with battle range of 3,418 miles.
India's futuristic Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) is being planned in collaboration with Russian. It is based on the designs of the T-50.
India is yet to ink a contract with Russia on the production of the FGFA aircraft, and had previously raised concerns about the delays in the design of the fighter plane and workshare arrangements.
India had earlier requested over 40 alterations to be made in the aircraft to meet its requirements.
Recent reports revealed that both the countries would lower their investments in the project. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was expecting to receive three prototypes but delays in the delivery and Russia's decision to cut back on the number of aircraft has caused a fading of interest in India.
India was originally expected to buy around 200 aircraft, but the numbers are expected to be drastically lower. The country may opt for more single-seaters as there could be delays in double-seater fighters.