IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKIs to be up­graded

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & In India -

The In­dian Air Force fleet of Su-30MKI fighter jets will un­dergo an up­grade and in­clude more mod­ern weaponry, an AESA radar and ad­vanced avion­ics. The IAF op­er­ates around 240 of these fighters and an­other 32 are in the pipe­line for de­liv­ery. “Hope the up­grade starts soon,” said Air Mar­shall SB Deo, VCAS, at an event or­gan­ised by HAL to mark 70 years of In­dia-Rus­sia diplo­matic re­la­tions.The up­grade shall in­clude long-range stand­off mis­siles up to the range of 300 km and more pow­er­ful elec­tronic jam­ming sys­tems.Con­cern­ing the fifth gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft (FGFA), Chair­man HAL stated that the multi-bil­lion dol­lar co-de­vel­op­ment project with Rus­sia “would be an op­por­tu­nity as no coun­try had ever of­fered such crit­i­cal tech­nol­ogy to In­dia”.

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