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After pulling out of the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme, which was to be based on the Russian Sukhoi Su-57E Baseline 5th generation fighter aircraft, India is unlikely to be interested in participating in another 5th generation fighter programme, which the company claims will be an export-oriented product.

Indian has shown no interest in foreign-made 5th generation fighter jets such as the Su-57 and F-35, with the Indian Air Force Chief firmly supporting the development of India’s own AMCA 5th generation fighter jets over imports.

Russia is looking to offer its Su-75 checkmate to the export market, but without any significant investment from the company or interest from its own airforce. Su-75 checkmate is already facing delays due to Western sanctions on Russian state-owned enterprises, and many Middle Eastern countries that were denied access to 5th generation fighters such as the F-35 are now less interested in the programme.

South Korean and Turkish fifth-generation fighter programmes are receiving much-needed attention from countries that cannot afford the F-35 and are not interested in the Chinese J-31. The Su-75 programme requires financial support from export countries in order to be a viable 5th generation offering, but it has none, and India will be the least interested in the programme.