12:00 AM, November 28, 2012
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The Indian Air Force is all set to upgrade a fleet of 80 Su-30MKI fighters to the Super Sukhoi level allowing them to carry missiles with a strike range of around 300 kilometres. Su-30 MKIs have been inducted into IAF in four phases. The ones to be upgraded are from the first phase and the project is likely to be completed in the next three to four years, according to reports. The IAF has already issued a request for information (ROI) to global vendors for the purchase of a weapon system that will allow the aircraft to launch long-range stand-off missiles. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will upgrade the aircraft which will also have the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar along with the latest avionics system. At present, the IAF flies a fleet of 170 Su-30MKIs with plans to procure an additional 272 aircraft in the future. India, has already placed an order for 230 aircraft, and will sign a deal for 42 aircraft during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi next month.
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