Russia, India discuss modernization of Su-30 aircraft

The upgrade of up to 200 Su-30MKIs may cost $8 billion

The upgrade of up to 200 Su-30MKIs may cost $8 billion

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An agreement may be reached by the end of the year.

Moscow and New Delhi may work out an agreement on modernizing the Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters before year-end, The Hindu reported on August 17.

According to the newspaper, the parties made considerable headway with their upgrade talks last month, when a Russian delegation came to New Delhi to discuss the military-technical cooperation.

“The consultations took place last month, and good progress was made. We hope for the deal to be made soon,” The Hindu quoted an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The upgrade will equip the fighter jets with sophisticated avionics, radar and weapons and reduce their radar signature.

According to preliminary estimates, the upgrade of up to 200 Su-30MKIs may cost $8 billion.

The upgrade will be handled by India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

The Su-30MKI multirole fighter was developed to meet the requirements of the Indian Air Force.

Source: tass.com

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