Fighter is wanted. Will the French ‘sell’ the MiG-29 to India?

NEW DELHI, (BM) – India is urgently looking for a fighter, and France may push the Indians back into the Russians’ arms. A similar analysis is made by the Russian author Dmitry Sikorsky in his article. The global coronavirus epidemic dictates the situation, but this will not justify the French delay.

India and France have signed an agreement to buy and sell 36 Rafael fighters. So far, all deadlines violated, and New Delhi has received only four of the desired aircraft. The question arises – how long will India wait to solve its urgent need for fighters?

The solution can come very quickly. Sikorsky writes that India has already prepared a request to purchase 21 Russian MiG-29s, the French Raphael’s main competitor. However, this information does not come only from Russia. The Times of India magazine believes that New Delhi will ask for a price and delivery for a Russian MiG-29 fighter.

If Russia accepts the deal [there is no reason not to do so – ed.], India will increase its air fleet of MiG-29 to 59 units. The Times of India also claims that India wants to buy an additional 12 Su-30MKI. We remind you that India manufactures licensed Russian fighters of this model.

The location of the Su-30MKI is low: the aircraft is almost entirely assembled from Russian kits but meets the Make in India program, unlike the French fighter Rafale and other Western proposals.

Russian-Indian relations

Sikorski writes that the Indian market remains the largest customer of the Russian arms industry. According to him, this is due to the weak military-industrial complex in the country. reminded you that from the mid-1970s to the end of the 1990s, Russia held the lion’s share of the Indian arms market – 90%. Things have already changed. New Delhi buys from wherever possible and where alternatives to Russian weapons systems are offering.

Although Russia no longer has such a market share in India, one dependence remains constant – the money earned. Fewer orders do not mean less money, Sikorski said in his article. reminds you that in 2019 Moscow and New Delhi opened a new page in their military-technical cooperation. Contracts, agreements, and annexes worth a total of $ 14.5 billion were signed.

India also can rely on the F-18

The F-18 Super Hornet faces the Russian MiG29K in the battle for the Indian Navy. New Delhi will soon have its aircraft carrier. India’s new pride will have to have 4th generation fighters to take off and land on a smaller runway than standard. And also – the track is in the form of a ski trench.

MiG-29K has no problems with such requirements and is designing for this type of aircraft carrier. But Boeing holds on to the Indian market. In the summer, he managed to outrun himself, and the local Boeing branch conducted successful take-off and landing tests on a smaller runway in the form of a ski trench. We even posted this video.

The United States has struck at Russia’s ambitions. As a monopolist, the MiG-29K has found itself in a market where its main advantage is no longer the case. Suddenly, Boeing’s chances have increased several times, playing a significant role in New Delhi and Washington’s future relationship.


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