India’s state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is poised to develop the prototype of upgraded Su-30MKI fighter featuring advanced radars, weapons and more, with assistance from Russia.
In what could be the country’s largest upgrade program with all of India’s 272 Sukhois set to be modernised, sources told Economic Times that the prototype for the upgrade will be developed by HAL.
The decision was taken during the 19th IRIGC-M&MTC meeting co-chaired by Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu on Wednesday.
Sources told Sputnik that the Su-30MKI upgrade programme “will start soon.” The jets will reportedly get advanced weapons systems such as the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the R-27P high-range infrared homing system, and Russian air-to-air missiles.
Aside of Sukhoi modernisation, the two countries also agreed to soon operationalise the joint venture lndo-Russia Rifles Private Limited for the manufacture of world class Kalashnikov AK 203 rifles in India. In addition, New Delhi was offered Russia’s Alexandrit-E class minesweepers, which would be built in India, in case the deal sees the light of the day.
During Indian defense minister Rajnath Singhs recent visit to Moscow, New Delhi was offered Russian minesweepers, which would be built in India, in case the deal fructifies. The Indian navy is currently in urgent need of new generation minesweepers to replace 12 Pondicherry-class ships
India is planning to test-fire its K-4 nuclear missile with 3,500km strike-range on Friday, local media reported. The test will be conducted from an underwater platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Friday, ANI
An Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv belonging to the Indian Army made an emergency landing in Poonch district, Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday. All passengers on-board are safe
The Indian Air Force is likely to float a request for proposal (RFP) to acquire 70 Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) jets from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), next month. "There are plans to purchase around 70-odd HTT 40 trainers from the HAL
Russia's UEC-Klimov has offered its new VK-2500 engine as a replacement for India's Mi and Kamov helicopters. The matter was reportedly discussed when Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh visited the UEC-Klimov plant on November 7
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