Ministry of defence and Russian firm Rosoboronexport signed contract for 42 more upgraded Super Sukhoi standard SU-30 MKI fighters as part of larger defence deals signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s India visit.
“HAL’s total responsibility for this supersonic multi-role aircraft has now gone up to 222. This will further boost our confidence and operations as we have already delivered 119 SU-30 aircraft to IAF. We will continue to contribute to the country’s defense preparedness”, said R K Tyagi, Chairman, HAL.
The deal was inked by Tyagi on behalf of HAL with the Ministry of Defense. S Subramanyan, Managing Director of HAL’s MiG Complex signed the contract with A A Mikheev, Deputy General Director of Rosobornexport.
This deal takes the total number of Su-30 MKI to be in service of IAF to 272. The Su-30 MKI to be manufactured by HAL will be the upgraded Super Sukhoi standard Su-30 MKIs which will have an AESA radar and advanced avionics.
The SU-30 MKI is India’s frontline all-weather air-dominance fighter with multi-role capability. The aircraft is fitted with two AL-31FP engines and is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics from Russian from Western and indigenous sources.
An official communication from HAL said that the current deal involves 157 Indian vendors are involved in providing 13,350 components of the aircraft while another 19,450 components are manufactured at HAL’s Nasik and Koraput Divisions.
The aircraft airframes are made at Nasik, engines at Koraput, accessories at Hyderabad (communication and navigation), hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel aggregates and instruments at Lucknow and avionic displays and INGPS at Korwa. Overhauling and repairs of Su-30 MKI have already commenced in the dedicated lines set up at Nasik.