So, in the online magazine The Drive It is said that India is still forced to look at how geopolitical rival - China - is completing the program of its version of the fifth-generation fighter J-20. It is noted that while India was dragging on time, not deciding whether to support the FGFA project or not to support, China continued to invest in its program and achieved some success.
The report of the military analysts of India for the country's defense department, which criticized the stealth characteristics of the Russian Su-57, is also being discussed. Namely, Su-57 actually had to become the basis for a joint Russian-Indian development. The report says that the flows created by the engines of the so-called first stage allow fighters to be detected by radars. It was noted that in American fighters this problem was largely solved with the help of the design features of “special partitions covering the engine surface”, as well as with the form of the airframe itself, partially covering the work of the power plants.
In addition, the Indian report noted other reasons for the “low stealth characteristics” of the Su-57 fighter, which are not officially reported.
At the same time, experts in India themselves are wondering if the “stealth problems” of the Russian fighter are so critical that they cannot be modified within a tight period of time with active bilateral participation? Thus, it is expressed doubt that the “low level of stealth characteristics” cannot even be compensated by other features of the same Su-57 even at the present stage. Or is India not yet ready to admit that it’s all about the weak preparation of its own pilots to control such a machine?
Western resources, including The Drive itself, write that in this situation, India has only one option left - to become a partner in the F-35 program. But just a few weeks ago, material came out in India itself, saying that for the F-35, India has no infrastructure and service segment, including refueling aircraft. That is, you also have to purchase a service link aviation, not to mention the fact that the United States will definitely not transfer the technology of the 5th generation aircraft to India. And the Indian government, as you know, is trying to implement the large-scale “Made in India” program. With FGFA, the implementation of this program would be achieved (as, for example, with BraMos missiles), but with the F-35 and the United States, such a number would not work - the maximum technology from the United States is the F-16 assembly plant in Indian territory.