No Russia and India are the only developing partners.It will be good incase they bite the bait since there is a mention of joint development which infers development costs being shared and I remain a skeptic on the final costs of this project especially looking at the way the F35 project has gone and if we can rope in more players and especially the ones who will be looked at later stage as potential customers then why not have them right away which further means assured sales and that will also help drop the per unit costs because of economics of scale.
The only issue from Indian angle will be that incase they get interested in fgfa once they join in then would that mean India not getting the desired say in execution of that project where the share in terms of over all contribution is slated at around 20-25% hence a lot of learning for our chaps, but may be fgfa will remain independent of all this, hopefully it does.
With the recent bonhomie and the pacts and all signed, and not to mention them snubbing Pakistan in the declaration and all, India will let the Saudis have the PAKFA, after all they are Cash Rich and they would pay any price you want to get their hands on a 5th Gen Fighter. The F35 will be a cut down version for them, and the PAKFA will be their only viable option. Lets see, as you said, Politics of the Future will decide!^^^ wouldn't be too sure about the saudis there
It is the Kingdom that is causing Rosboronexport the problems. Russians keep offering them the stuff they don't want like S-300 and T-90 when SKA wants S-400 and T-95. S-400 isn't going to be ready for export for years to come and niether will T-95. S-400 still doesn't have its long range missile which makes it the same as an S-300PMU2, same thing offered to Iran. Russia has also made it a priority that the VVS must recieve 18 battaliions before export orders will be made. The T-95 is still looking for foreign funding just to get it off the ground. These two items are holding up the rest of the helicopters and BMP-3s. If Russia doesn't hurry up and get these arms out for export, SKA will move on to other vendors. They don't have all day to wait.brazil good customer for them but not sure about saudi(due to close to pak) what u say
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