PX8 and PT-8 are now ready for full deployment in Indian military forces, with the latter able to perform the functions of PX9 and PT2 platforms.
According to an Indian Defense Ministry official, the Indian Army is now testing the PX series platforms with the help of a multi-national consortium led by Dassault Aviation, Airbus Defence and Space, and Rolls Royce India.
The PX10 and PT10 aircraft will be the first two-seat fighter jets for Indian forces, which will also be able to carry a load of up to 10,000 pounds.
The Indian Air Force’s fifth-generation fighters will be able “capable of carrying payloads up to 5,000 kilograms” and will have a maximum range of 5,800 kilometers, said the official.
“The PX1, PX4, Px8 and other variants will be available in 2022.”
India is already making significant strides in modernizing its armed forces with the purchase of an array of modern weapons, including modern air defence systems and sensors, according to an Army official.
The P-8 fighter, the first indigenous Indian fighter to be certified for combat operations, has been selected to replace the aging F-16, according the official, who did not wish to be named.
The India-made Rafale is currently being developed by France’s Thales Alenia Space.
In addition, India is in talks to buy Boeing’s Sikorsky S-62 helicopter.
The two companies will jointly develop the Gripen fighter jet, which is currently under development by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
According the official who did the talking, the indigenous fighter is currently in testing and “will be ready to go into service by 2021.”
“This is a significant step forward in the modernization of the Indian armed forces.
The development of these indigenous fighter jets will enable our armed forces to better combat terrorism and piracy in the region,” the official said.