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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

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Sukhoi-30mki  |  Russia  |  India

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

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 ...

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First Published: Thu, January 31 2019. 01:00 IST
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