In pride of place at the entrance of’s dominant presence in Hall E at Aero is a model of the PKA-FA 5th generation fighter aircraft, now being referred to as the Perspective Multirole Fighter ( ). Chairman HAL, Dr RK Tyagi, during his press conference on 7 February stated that the project definition phase (PDP) of this joint Indo- n program would be completed by March 2013 as HAL engineers are currently positioned with their n counterparts, preparing drawings and translation of documentation to Western equivalents. Vayu reports from Aero- 2013.
Production of the PMF will be the responsibility of HAL’s Nasik Division, which will manufacture the airframe, carry out final assembly and conduct flight-testing. The definitive powerplant (as distinct from the current engines on the prototypes) will be produced at HAL Koraput. The first Indian-manufactured PMF will fly in 2022, with deliveries to the Indian Air Force to follow thereafter.
However, there is considerable debate on the practicability of near-simultaneous development of two fifth-generation fighters for the IAF, the PMF in a sense ‘competing’ with India’s Aeronautical Development Agency ()’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). Concerns range from duplication of effort to whether India has the resources (both monetary and technical) to carry out both programs through to fruition.
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