In­dia fi­nalises 42 more SU-30MKIS from Rus­sia

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In­dia has fi­nalised a con­tract for 42 more Su-30MKI fight­ers to be built un­der li­cence from Rus­sia at HAL’s Nashik fa­cil­ity—tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of Su-30s in ser­vice to 272, and mak­ing In­dia the world’s largest op­er­a­tor of the Su-30 type.

As re­cently re­vealed by IAF Chief Air Chief Mar­shal N.A.K. Browne, the IAF plans to in­duct four more squadrons of Su-30MKI. The IAF will soon be adding its lat­est Su-30 squadron at Hal­wara, the first un­der the West­ern Air Com­mand. “We are rais­ing three-four more squadrons of Sukhoi. Two ex­tra squadrons are be­ing raised in the East­ern Sec­tor. So far we have raised two squadrons there and two more are in process. One more squadron will be based in Pun­jab and one will be in South­ern Com­mand in Than­javur. There­fore, we will have 13-14 to­tal squadrons of Sukhoi to add to our strength.” The In­dian and Rus­sian sides have also be­gun dis­cussing and firm­ing up an up­grade pro­gramme for the Su-30 fleet.

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