India and Russia Discuss the Modernization of Indian Su-30MKI Fighters
NEW DELHI, (BM) – Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria confirmed the information that the fleet of Su-30MKI multirole fighters will be substantially updated, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the Indian Marshal, we are talking about ordering new fighters, as well as upgrading existing ones. Thus, the enterprise of the Indian military-industrial complex Hindustan Aeronautics, under a Russian license, will build 12 Su-30MKI aircraft.
The following modernization procedures are planned for the fighters of the Indian Air Force in service with this type of aircraft: radar change, retrofitting with modern weapons (including airborne BrahMos supersonic missiles). In addition, the fighter avionics will be replaced and new flight and armament control software will be installed.
Rakesh Bhadauria: “We have already begun extensive negotiations with Russia on this project. Modernization of Su-30MKI fighters will expand their combat capabilities”.
Separately, Bhadauria emphasized that India is interested in retrofitting aircraft with the latest electronic warfare systems (EW). It is noted that this will increase reliability during operations.
Also, the Indian Air Marshal recalled that New Delhi will purchase the 21 MiG-29 fighter – in a modernized version. The unit price specified in the contract is approximately 32 million dollars. This price also includes warranty maintenance of the aircraft.
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