India asks Russia for 18 more Sukhoi-30MKI fighters to alleviate shortfall

Rs 8,000-crore contract will boost IAF's Sukhoi-30 fleet to 290 fighters

Ajai Shukla New Delhi

The Sukhoi-30MKI line in HAL Nashik, where the Brahmos missile has been integrated into the fighter

To alleviate the shortfall of fighter aircraft in the Indian Air Force (IAF), New Delhi, has approached Moscow for one more squadron of Sukhoi-30MKIs fighters.
Reliable defence industry sources in Russia say India’s ministry of defence (MoD) wants Sukhoi to provide Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) with the raw materials and sub-systems needed to build 18 more Sukhoi-30MKIs at its Nashik facility.
Production of this additional tranche can begin in 2020, when HAL Nashik completes delivery of an ongoing contract for building 222 of the twin-engine, heavy fighters.

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First Published: Jan 31 2019 | 1:00 AM IST

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