Does India Really Need A Stealth Fighter?

On July 30, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced “India’s status as a Major Defence Partner will allow it to receive more U.S. high technology and military items without individual export licenses.

India will be moved into Tier 1 of the Department of Commerce’s Strategic Trade Authorisation (STA) license exception”. This was followed by reports of USA’s intention to sell armed Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV’’) in the preceding month. The STA-1 status is thus likely to facilitate this potential acquisition.

Additionally, on April 20, IHS Jane’s in its Defense Weekly reported of India withdrawing from the joint venture with Russia for the development of the Sukhoi Su-57, a fifth-generation stealth fighter, after almost 11 years of collaborative programme failing to make significant progress.

This also led to Russia announcing the limited production of the Sukhoi Su-57 citing lack of operational and strategic requirements and potency of the existing fleet. Read More

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