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While the allure of cutting-edge technology is undeniable, there are compelling reasons for India to carefully consider the strategic and economic implications of pursuing 6th generation fighter jets in the 2040s.

The United States Air Force’s Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program serves as a stark example. With an estimated cost of $300 million per unit, 6th generation jets represent a staggering leap from current aircraft. This translates to a price tag that’s a whopping 310.959% more expensive than the Su-30MKI and a significant 114.286% more than the Rafale.

The high price tag is just the beginning. Operational costs for these jets are projected to be immense, exceeding $40,000 per hour based on current estimates. This translates into a significant financial burden on top of the already hefty acquisition cost.

The strategic landscape in the 2040s is likely to be vastly different than today. Investing heavily in a single platform like 6th generation fighters might not be the most prudent approach. It’s crucial to consider a more holistic strategy that leverages advancements in:

India were to develop a 6th gen program of its own it won’t come cheap no matter what. India’s AMCA program which its Engineers call its a 5.5Gen fighter jet since it will be more evolved then current 5thgen fighter jet is were India should continue its focus till 2050.