The Indian fighter was less profitable than the Russian Su-57


The fourth-generation Indian light fighter Tejas turned out to be very expensive and costs more than the fifth-generation Russian Su-57, writes the American edition of Military Watch. Its development began in the early 80s and only by 2019, the Indian aviation industry, represented by HAL, got to the national certification authority (FOC).


It is noted that the Indian Air Force intend to acquire another 83 Tejas fighter in the Mk1A version. This deal will be the second major order for this fighter after the previous 40 pieces.

It is clarified that this Indian fighter has a comparable weight range with the Swedish Gripen and Pakistani JF-17. At the same time, it is much lighter than the American F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Chinese J-10 Firebird.

The publication also found that despite the widely advertised program in India to support the domestic aviation industry and military-industrial complex, this fighter has many foreign components. For example, Indians buy the F404 engine (developed in the 70s of the XX century) in the USA, a set of sensors and electronics in Israel, as well as air-to-air missiles in Russia.

It is indicated that the Indians were developing a "low-cost" and light fighter in cooperation with a number of countries (from Sweden to Taiwan). As a result, they managed to adapt Technology other countries to their needs. However, Tejas costs the Ministry of Defense of India at $ 62,7 million apiece. And in the near future, India will need dozens of squadrons to replace the fleet of obsolete aircraft.

At the same time, the Americans recognized that this engine and electronics are the most expensive parts of the Indian fighter. Therefore, the export potential of these fighters is absent.

According to the publication, the American F-35A costs the Pentagon almost $ 80 million apiece, while it is offered for export for $ 200 million. In turn, the Russian Su-57s cost the Russian Ministry of Defense $ 35 million per unit, and they are offered for export for $ 110 million

At the same time, the Su-57 and F-35 are more serious and technologically advanced combat aircraft, while the Indian Tejas are average, and not at all strong.
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  1. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 21 March 2020 20: 33
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    What is the concept of "profitable"? Factory newspaper level. If money is meant, is it really only in this case that it rests?
  2. Binder Offline
    Binder (Miron) 21 March 2020 21: 08
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    What is it all about - the Su-57 fighter does not really exist, how can we talk about the cost of what is not?
    1. mister-red Offline
      mister-red 22 March 2020 14: 24
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      From discharge

      Crimean bridge will never be built?

      Not tired?
    2. Sergey Kazarinov (Sergey Kazarinov) 26 March 2020 19: 04
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      Yes, almost an entire squadron in terms of number of dryers is being tested. You can talk about cost as a basic (starting) one.
      1. Binder Offline
        Binder (Miron) 27 March 2020 01: 46
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        There is no squadron - only about a dozen prototypes completely useless from a practical point of view are available, in fact, just life-size flying mock-ups.
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    4. master3 Offline
      master3 (Vitali) 31 March 2020 15: 11
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      Su-57 in reality does not exist.

      - I want to correct you, they still exist - as many as 3 pcs. It was five, two crashed, three left.
      Don't you think it is suspicious that the most perfect, most advanced and at the same time the cheapest fighter that defeated all the "raptors" in a conditional battle, and that there are "raptors" - nobody wants to buy almost all existing aircraft. It's simple, this is a regular PR for "internal" use, i.e. for Russians, and even then not for all Russians, but for the category “Cheers of Patriots”, to be proud of themselves.
      Here you can add the "best" in the world of Armata, for which Abrams and Leopard are not suitable for the footnotes, "Poseidon", which no one saw, but everyone heard him wandering under water along some trajectory known only to him. he had almost destroyed America, a nuclear-powered rocket and much, much more, which didn’t go beyond cartoons and similar articles.
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 21 March 2020 21: 19
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    Yeah, this is the military needs YOUR fighter, and SMR give all the benefits ...
  4. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 22 March 2020 02: 44
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    They will still be making their own aircraft, the situation is about the same as with the Baikal processor, although of the previous generation, but its own. Will gradually catch up. Just from scratch to take and make world-class products unrealistic. It’s only without its own engine that there is little use for it, but rather moral satisfaction. In fact, an airplane is a pile of iron mounted on an engine. And here they have something to strive for. There are things that you can’t buy for money, in the sense that no one will sell them such technology.
    1. Binder Offline
      Binder (Miron) 22 March 2020 05: 55
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      There are things that you can’t buy for money, in the sense that no one will sell them such technology

      They are doing smarter - they buy education for money, sending their youth to study at the most advanced forges of scientific personnel. Therefore, in our Haifa Technion, Indian physiognomies often flash. So they’ll catch up ...
      1. 123 Offline
        123 (123) 22 March 2020 07: 37
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        They are doing smarter - they buy education for money, sending their youth to study at the most advanced forges of scientific personnel. Therefore, in our Haifa Technion, Indian physiognomies often flash. So they’ll catch up ...

        I think that they all do not fit into your Technion, the rest, probably less intelligent, live in Dubai. If you're lucky. smile



        By the way, when will your advanced “forge of personnel” make your own airplane?
        1. Arkharov Offline
          Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 22 March 2020 08: 31
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          Israel - the area of ​​half of the Ryazan region. We have a lot of aircraft, for example, did the whole Ryazan region?
          1. 123 Offline
            123 (123) 22 March 2020 08: 48
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            Israel - the area of ​​half of the Ryazan region. We have a lot of aircraft, for example, did the whole Ryazan region?

            What does the area have to do with it? You are not going to grow them in the beds.
            I understood correctly, they will unlearn now and do everything themselves? You are going to learn how to make engines for aircraft, apparently, do you know how to do it yourself?
            If for this it was enough just to get training, a third of China would have gone with your diplomas for a long time, and not tried to buy Motor Sich.
            I’m not trying to scoff, it's just that the technology is really complicated to master, it will take a lot of time and effort. You can teach them how to make a glider, you have good drones, one in service with the Russian army is, however, already a new version, only the old look remains there. You have a level of medicine, you can train doctors, but if you don’t know how to do engines, how do you teach them?
            1. Arkharov Offline
              Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 22 March 2020 08: 50
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              Yes, and the area, and the population, and lack of resources, and most importantly, in the heads and hands ....
              1. 123 Offline
                123 (123) 22 March 2020 09: 12
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                Yes, and the area, and the population, and lack of resources, and most importantly, in the heads and hands ....

                You, as always, speak out in your inimitable style. yes Letters are added to words, words. it seems, in sentences and on it all. The semantic load of the text was planned or so, emotions ahead of the mind?
                1. Arkharov Offline
                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 22 March 2020 10: 25
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                  Just designed for reasonable, adequate people. I can’t adapt to others, unfortunately, it doesn’t work.
                  1. 123 Offline
                    123 (123) 22 March 2020 11: 15
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                    Just designed for reasonable, adequate people. I can’t adapt to others, unfortunately, it doesn’t work.

                    I have no other people for you. Did you want to say something?
                    1. Arkharov Offline
                      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 22 March 2020 11: 53
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                      I have no other people for you.

                      - I, unfortunately, understand ...
                      1. 123 Offline
                        123 (123) 22 March 2020 12: 01
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                        I have no other people for you.
                        - I, unfortunately, understand ...

                        Already progress, soon and learn to speak.
  5. Observer2014 Offline
    Observer2014 22 March 2020 09: 43
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    The Indian fighter was less profitable than the Russian Su-57

    Well, why wonder? The ruble is below the plinth. Further, maybe we will not read that. yes
    1. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 22 March 2020 11: 26
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      Well, why wonder? The ruble is below the plinth. Further, maybe we will not read that.

      Oh yeah. yes We’ll not read this from you yet. sad

      Tejas costs the Ministry of Defense of India at $ 62,7 million apiece.

      According to the publication, the American F-35A costs the Pentagon almost $ 80 million apiece, while it is offered for export for $ 200 million. In turn, the Russian Su-57s cost the Russian Ministry of Defense $ 35 million per unit, and they are offered for export for $ 110 million

      The symbol $ denotes the dollar, the ruble is denoted as $. All prices are in dollars.
      Apparently, along with the depreciation of the ruble, the spotted panamas dry out, they begin to press on the head.
  6. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 22 March 2020 20: 15
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    At the same time, the Su-57 and F-35 are more serious and technologically advanced combat aircraft, while the Indian Tejas are average, and not at all strong.

    - What are we talking about ???
    - The F-35 has long been in service with several countries ... - Several modifications of this F-35 have already been developed and put into series ...- There are already with short take-off and vertical landing ... - this is a fighter - F- 35B ... - And for our Su-57, they still can’t bring the engine to mind ...
    - Also, the "Indian Tejas" the author came here ... - Did he want to compare him with ... Su-57 ??? - This "Tejas" is also ... ... very "raw" ... - Well, I would have written ... - And then at the same time with the F-35, some kind of "comparison" has begun ...- yes even in dollars ...