Russia to offer Skat UCAV tech to India?

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  1. Abhijeet Dey

    Abhijeet Dey Regular Member

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    After BAE Systems, EADS, Saab and Dassault, the latest contractor now apparently ready to cooperate with India in UCAV technology is RAC-MiG. The company’s discontinued Skat unmanned combat air system demonstrator. Currently, Russia’s future UCAV platform is being spearheaded by Sukhoi with technology inputs from RAC-MiG, though sources indicate that Russia has sent feelers to India for possible cooperation in that sphere as well.

    The topline aviation partnerships between the two countries currently include the ongoing Su-30MKI license build in Nashik, the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft and the Multirole Transport Aircraft. In 2010, the Indian Air Force conducted an abortive campaign to procure UCAVs from the global market, ending up with a profusion of information, rather, on the systems available and what cooperation was possible. While no country was willing to sell systems outright—indeed, no systems are operational yet, except for the U.S.-built Reaper hunter-killer drones—several offers for cooperation were forthcoming.

    LINK: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan_Skat
     
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    seems like the skat ucav design is similar to our own drdo aura........
     
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    Abhijeet Dey Regular Member

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    Well then India can invite the Russians for joint collaboration in DRDO AURA project.
     
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    excelleant we can co operate to speed up the project
     
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    Wonderful news! BTW, did you fine people know that in 1962, Mig-21 tech was offered to India including entire engine fab and assembly..........China was not offered anything beyond Mig-19. In early 1990s, when Mig -21 Spares became critical (we had closed our assembly line in 1986), we bought spares from every corner of the world, incl. China. So can people here pls explain how this wonderful new deal will hep us, when we Indians remain the same?
     
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    Abhijeet Dey Regular Member

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    That is exactly the point I was making here. It would be better if we develop these aircrafts in India. HAL FGFA stealth fighter is a different issue since we need these technologies to advance quickly so as to develop our own stealth version of aircrafts.
     
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    if we really are getting some TOT for money, we should go for it, rather co-develop, because out sarkari babus are very good at ruining the deal with out closest allay(Russia) for example MTA, FGFA(though completely our mistake). Now FGFA has come to such a position that we may get it or not. So, just exchange tech with money and deal is done. with in 6 months prototype and in other 6 months production version, we can develop upgrades later or develop a whole new platform with the experience.

    Look at LCA or Arjun mark 1 delayed by decades, do not know when we get Mark 2 or AMCA, But Mark 1 already obsolete(not look like a modern fighter) may be that is the reason with no gap there is mark 2 development. Chinese already have prototypes of stealth UCAV. This way by the time we get our production version ready, they will be developing something advanced and this goes on, and will be always behind Chinese. so better throw some money and catch-up. That way we can even sell weapons to other countries and make profit.
     
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    or maybe thats the russian game plan .
     

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