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Twin-Seat Configuration of FGFA, not Necessary: UAC Director

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  1. Anees

    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

    Jan 14, 2012
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    Andrey Marshankin, Regional director of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said that Indian Airforce (IAF) is still keen on developing a Twin-Seat Configuration of FGFA, while it will also Induct single-seat FGFA variant and have not dropped plans to Procure Twin-Seat Configuration of FGFA as reported earlier by certain section of media .

    Russian Air force don’t have such requirements and Russia had informed Indian officials that development will require major modification to keep airframe effectively Stealth which would drive up cost considerably to tune of $ 1 Billion as well as delay the programme .

    Russian officials also believe that adding a second seat is not necessary given the aircraft’s vastly improved capabilities over the current crop of 4++-Generation aircrafts like Sukhoi-30MKI which have Twin-Seat Configuration and is the backbone of Indian air force fleet.

    IAF has already dropped Initial plans to Purchase 214 (166 single-seaters and 48 twin-seaters).to 144 FGFA now which will be built by HAL at its Nashik Plant in India, IAF is still is not revealed how many twin-seaters FGFA it wants and how many Single seater variant.

    IAF in past also has questioned Russians reluctant to share critical design information with India; IAF’s deputy chief of air staff (DCAS), it’s top procurement official, had declared the FGFA’s engine was unreliable, its radar inadequate, its stealth features badly engineered, India’s work share too low, and that the fighter’s price would be exorbitant by the time it enters service.

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  2. arulcharles

    arulcharles Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    All stealth fighter plane are designed to be single seater,
    F 35, F22, J20, J31

    They are all designed to reduce RCS, it is correct that further addition of room for another pilot would consume resource, time(i.e) cost over run, additional payload, design change, increase RCS and consume more time

    why did India want FGFA to be a two seater
    why not AMCA
  3. somedude

    somedude Captain FULL MEMBER

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    The F-22 is single seat because it's an air superiority fighter. The F-35 is single seat because it has very severe weight constraints. There's nothing that inherently prevents two-seaters from being stealthy, or stealthy from being two-seaters. The B-2 is a two-seater.

    There are three main reasons to want a two-seater warplane:
    1. training (so instructor + trainee)
    2. endurance missions (so two pilots who can relay each other, one rests while the other drives)
    3. strike missions (one pilot focuses on flying, the other focuses on ground targets)

    Why does India want FGFA to exist in two seater version? For reasons 2 and 3 mostly. Why doesn't Russia want that? Because they operate strategic bombers for these purposes.

    So Russia is telling India "sure, we can build the plane you want in addition to the plane we want, but you have to pay more, and also we won't bother making a good job out of it, since it's not for us and it's not like you have any other choice than accepting all our terms anyway, you suckers."
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