India is likely to place an order for additional MiG-29 and Su-30 fighters by the end of this year.
"We know that due to objective reasons, the Indian leadership has decided to accelerate the allocation of funds for the purchase of this aircraft. Negotiations are already underway. We look forward to signing contracts, including for 6 Ka-31 helicopters, by the end of 2020," FSMTC official representative Maria Vorobyova was quoted as saying by Interfax Sunday.
India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of 12 Su-30MKI fighters for $1.44 billion; and 21 MiG-29 jets for $900 million (includes upgrade of 59 MiG-29s). According to Indian media, DAC green-lighted a $520 million deal for 10 Kamov KA-31 airborne early warning (AEW) helicopters which would likely be based on the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC).