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India, Russia to jointly develop PAK FA by 2016

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An artist's rendition of Sukhoi PAK FA, the fifth generation fighter aircraft.

MOSCOW (BNS): India and Russia will be working jointly for the development of the stealth aircraft mainly focusing on the design concept and technical requirements put forward by India.

According to a news report by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will have 25% share in the design and development.

The new aircraft, to be jointly developed by HAL and Sukhoi will be based on the lines of T-50 PAK FA protype.

"The fifth-generation fighter jointly developed by India could be completed by 2015-2016. It is a complex project," Alexander Fomin, first deputy head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti.

The interiors of the new aircraft will be have a two-seater cockpit and advanced avionics.

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