India spent $1B to upgrade its MiG-29s and wants more jets

MOSCOW, (BM) – It is still unclear whether the Indian government is ready to place an order with Russia for new MiG-29 and Su-30MKI fighters, has learned, citing information from Russian media and a statement by the Indian ambassador to Moscow.

A Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jet of Indian Air force crashed
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According to the Indian ambassador Venkatesh Varma’s statement, advanced negotiations are underway between the two countries to purchase the two fighters. Varma says there is progress in these negotiations. “The issue of additional MiG-29 and Su30MKI fighters for India is at an advanced stage of negotiations,” he told RIA Novosti.

India wants to buy at least 21 MiG-29 fighters. This news was announced in early February by Vladimir Drozhov. He is the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation.

The Indian Ministry of Defense also announced that it had approved the modernization of 59 MiG-29s, which have the country’s Air Force worth nearly $ 1 billion.

Su-57 rumors

As we reported to you on February 5, and according to the Russian news agency Aviapro, new talks have taken place between Russia and India over Russian Su-57E fighters.

The publication says that there is no information about the negotiations’ results so far but believes both countries will soon announce the results. According to sources, the magazine reports that Moscow and New Delhi agreed, and India is ready to purchase the Su-57E.

We remind you that there is an agreement in principle between Russia and India on the Su-57E. The statement, experts believe, is a good starting point for this agreement to be revised. According to preliminary plans, Moscow was supposed to show its fighter’s export version, but this did not happen.

Boeing will try to violate Russian domination in India

The Indian Armed Forces are implementing several programs to modernize military aviation. In January 2021, the Cabinet Defense Committee approved the issuance of the equivalent of $ 6.56 billion for 83 LCA [Light Combat Aircraft] Tejas fighters in the Mk-1A version, which will allow filling the gap after the last MiG-27 withdrawn last year.

The fleet is also looking for replacements for MiG-29K fighters, which India will remove in 2034. One of the bidders in this production is Boeing F / A-18E / F Block III.

For this purpose, tests F / A-18 Super Hornet in the STOBAR type [Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery] performed, during which the aircraft takes off from the aircraft carrier.

The fighter takes off, using the power of its engines off the deck in the form of a ski jump, not a catapult, as with most aircraft carriers. F-18 made the landing with the help of the brake lines of the plane. This feature is needed because India has only one aircraft carrier – INS Vikramaditya – which uses the STOBAR system.


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