According to military experts, the Indian Air Force must have 40 combat fighter squadrons. They are currently 32: twelve - Su-30MKI, eleven - MiG-21, six - Jaguar, three each - MiG-29 and Mirage 2000, two - MiG-27. It is assumed that by the end of 2022, of the eleven squadrons of the MiG-21, only one will remain. Therefore, there was a need for new fighters.
Most likely, this will be discussed at the talks between Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitkharaman and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
The air force of India in terms of the number of aircraft are among the most numerous after the United States, Russia and China. The air force serves 127 thousand people, in service - 1820 units of military equipment. The purpose of the Air Force is air supremacy, reconnaissance, support for ground forces, ensuring India’s security in the aerospace field, RG-Sila reports