Defence

India needs 5th Generation Fighter: AMCA might be too late


 

As India Debates about 4.5 Generation Rafael and depleted 4th generation squadrons, world is fast inducting 5th Generation fighters.
F22 entered US service in 2005, and has served with distinction since. Its capabilities remain a secret and the fighter has never been exported by US.
F35 entered US service in 2016. Will soon enter service with another 10 countries.

J20 entered Chinese service in 2017. Su 57 has completed trials and will enter Russian service in 2019
Pakistan Airforce is hoping to get its J20 soon.
Meanwhile Indian Air Force struggles get its 128 Medium Role 4.5 G aircrafts, with only 36 being procured. Under a self-proclaimed nationalist government in New Delhi HAL-FGFA, the Indo-Russian version of Sukhoi 57 has been shelved.
Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft will hopefully see its test flight in 2025 and with induction not before 1932. Modernisation of Indian Air force is both urgent and necessary

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