India to Procure 18 Additional Su-30MKI Multirole Fighter Jets

The Indian Air Force is planning to procure 18 additional Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets, TASS news agency reported citing Vladimir Drozhzhov, Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).

“We have fully met our commitments on delivering all technological sets of Su-30MKI fighter jets and have received an additional bid for another 18 technological sets. The bid is being worked out,” Drozhzhov was quoted as saying.

According to Drozhzhov, Russia has also received proposals from India to supply more than 20 modernized MiG-29 fighter jets and a request for modernizing around 450 T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs).

Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) is a twinjet multirole air superiority fighter developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

A variant of the Sukhoi Su-30, it is a heavy, all-weather, long-range fighter. The aircraft is tailor-made for Indian specifications and integrates Indian systems and avionics as well as French and Israeli sub-systems.

The Su-30MKI is expected to form the backbone of the Indian Air Force’s fighter fleet to 2020 and beyond.

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