India and Russia will conclude the preliminary design contract for their joint fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to India on Dec. 20-22. “Once the approvals are through, we will then start the actual detailed work,” Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Chairman Ashok Nayak tells Aviation Week. Concerning India’s involvement in the project, Nayak says: “It is in the preliminary stage now.” The FGFA is based on the Russian ...

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