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Technology For The Future IAF: The Case For Hypersonic Craft

Group Captain Vivek Kapur was Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • March 09, 2012

    Currently Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) are the most advanced aircraft. The US has the F-22 in service while it has the F-35 under development as China has the J-20 and Russia the PAK FA under development. High cost and technological difficulties make these projects very risky. A poorer country like India can ill affoard these risks and in place of putting its faith in under development FGFA she may gain from looking at other means of achieving assured penetration capability. Here hypersonic technology (under development by both ISRA and DRDO) provides a possible viable alternative.

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