After Tejas, India moves ahead to procure more MiG-29s & Sukhois. India is now officially moving forward with the purchase of 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30MKI troops from Russia, as well as upgrading their existing vehicles, after the Cabinet Security Committee approved the production of 83 Tejas aircraft last week.
First, the RFP (proposal) for the 21 MiG-29 attackers, whose empty flats have been in a state of emergency in Russia since the 1980s, will soon be released by Russia’s foreign defense force Rosoboronexport, Rosoboronexport said. security sources on Sunday.
The acquisition of these MiG-29s at “very low prices” will add to the 59 jets already owned by the IAF. 12 Sukhoi-30MKIs, which will also add to the 272 such jets already contracted from Russia for about $ 15 billion, most of which have been licensed by Hindustan Aeronautics. The IAF has so far imported 268 of the 272 Sukhois, at least nine of whom have lost their lives over the years.
Along with 83 new Teas, they will be introduced on January 2024-December 2028 under the Rs 46,898 crore agreement removed by CCS, MiG-29s and additional Sukhois designed to curb the lack of IAF fighter squadron teams.
With the continued elimination of inactive MiG-21s, MiG-23s and MiG-27s, the force has dropped to about 30 squads (each with 16-18 jets) where at least 42 are required to face the “combined” threat. from China and Pakistan. The remaining four MiG-21 “Bisons” teams also aim to retire in 2024.
The Department of Defense in July last year offered the opportunity to launch the acquisition of 21 MiG-29 with the latest avionics and combat battleships, as well as upgrade 59 existing jets to “ensure navigation”, at a cost of Rs 7,418 crore.
The cost of the Sukhois twins of 12 twin seats, as well as the advanced power of electronic warfare and additional equipment and space, too, was estimated at Rs 10,730 crore.
While the 42 Sukhois are now being prepared to carry the BrahMos direct missile missiles, all of these ships will also be “fully developed” by state-of-the-art avionics, radars and weapons to strengthen their combat skills.
The IAF is also planning to get “acceptance of demand” this April-May for its long-running “Make in India” program for 114 new opponents of more than $ 20 billion under the “strategic” policy.
French rival Rafale is clearly in the forefront if India continues the campaign, having already bought 36 under a $ 59,000 deal signed in September 2016. The other six competitors are F / A-18 and F-21 (US), Gripen- E (Sweden), Sukhoi-35 and MiG-35 (Russia) and Eurofighter Typhoon.