Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has confirmed plans of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to acquire an additional 18 Su-30MKI and 21 MiG-29 fighter jets, its Chairman R Madhavan said at Aero India 2019 on Thursday.
The procurement is intended to shore up the fighter fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) which has slunk to 31 squadrons; it’s lowest in over a decade. The jets would help to keep the manufacturing and servicing facilities of HAL afloat for several years more after the current order for the assembly of Su-30MKI gets exhausted in a year’s time.
In addition, the bulk of new additions to the IAF fleet would come from the locally-made light combat aircraft which received its final operational clearance in Bangalore Thursday.
HAL is expected a large order for over 120 aircraft- an advanced version of the Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas, in the next two to three months, R Madhavan said.
The first flight of LCA Mk-1A was likely to take place three years after the contract was signed, followed by full series production a year later. The air force plans to buy 83 Mk-1A jets, taking the total number of LCA variants ordered to 123.
Of the 123 planes on order, 20 each are in the initial operational clearance (IOC) stage and the more advanced final operational clearance (FOC) configurations. The LCA Mk-1A will come with additional improvements over the FOC aircraft, making it the most advanced Tejas variant so far. The Tejas received FOC for induction into the IAF as a combat-ready fighter at a ceremony held here on Wednesday.
Some of these variants could be equipped with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar developed by the state-owned Electronics and Radar Establishment (ELRDE) a division of the Defence research and development Organization.
The Indian Air Force is in talks with Russia for an urgent procurement of 21 MiG 29 fighter aircraft in a contract valued at INR 6,000 Crore ($847 million). The jets are required to be delivered at a short notice as India has been facing acute shortage of combat aircraft
India has approached Russia for purchase of additional 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters for the countrys air force to address the shortfall of combat aircraft, according to a report by
India is likely to equip its Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters with Israeli Spice-2000 bombs in the near future. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is reportedly running trials to mount and fire the Spice-2000 smart bombs from Sukhoi jets
Russia will upgrade its Su-30SM fighter jets with armaments and on-board equipment from the more powerful Su-35 aircraft and has offered to do the same to the Indian Su-30MKI. “The Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet will be standardized with the 4++ generation Su-35 fighter by upgrading its onboard equipment and armament to cut its cost price and breathe a new life into the plane,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told journalists on Tuesday
Hindustan Aeronautics Limiteds (HAL) new helicopter manufacturing facility set up at south Indian district of Tumakuru has gained momentum after the company signed an MoU with Central Public Works Department (CPWD) at Aero India 2019. The memorandum was signed between the companies for the execution of the stage 2 works of Infrastructure development works at HALs Green Field Helicopter factory, the company said in a statement Friday
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