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India assembled the last two Su-30MKI fighters under a contract with Russia


HAL (India) has assembled the last two Su-30MKI multirole fighters out of 272 under a contract with the Russian Federation and is ready to supply them to the Air Force of its country.

One of these aircraft passed certification and was modernized, having received the supersonic missiles of the joint Russian-Indian production "BrahMos". The second plane will be certified at the end of February.

This was reported by The Hindu newspaper, citing the words of a representative of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Although the Sukhoi assembly line at the plant will be phased out, the overhaul department in Nashik will continue to carry out repair work on Russian Su-30 and MiG aircraft in service with the Indian Air Force.

India has signed a contract for the supply of 272 Su-30MKI units, of which 222 have been assembled by the Indian company HAL at the plant in Nashik as part of the technology transfer program (ToT) since 2004. Of all the contracted combat vehicles, 40 aircraft are being modified for the air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The Indian Air Force began receiving aircraft, deploying them last year at Thanjavur Air Force Base in Tamil Nadu state in the south of the country.
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  1. Borik
    Borik 1 February 2021 16: 10
    Now let them sign a contract for the assembly of the SU-35. But Russia has almost three times less SU-30 in service than India.
    1. Cowbra
      Cowbra 1 February 2021 16: 30
      Yes, they are not logical ready to buy. 2 times cheaper. than the Su-30 assembled in India came out
    2. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 1 February 2021 16: 43
      Should have moved the theme "Super Sukhoi30" ..... in the Russian Federation announced half a year ago the unification of the Su30 CM to the level of Su35S. But, specifically, regarding the contract with the Indians (modernization of what is or (and) the purchase of Su30XXX) - silence.
      1. alexmach
        alexmach 1 February 2021 17: 08
        We must first of all do it for ourselves. Hindus then still pull up.
        1. Zaurbek
          Zaurbek 1 February 2021 17: 16
          ... and Su30 we would not have seen then. Unfortunately.
          1. alexmach
            alexmach 1 February 2021 17: 33
            But those that have seen now have to upgrade anyway
            1. Zaurbek
              Zaurbek 1 February 2021 17: 40
              It would be necessary to modernize the Su35S as well .... On the good, make a single modernized Su35 with an initially 2-seater cockpit (like the MiG35 - or 1 pilot + tank or 2 pilots) and produce instead of the Su34 and Su30 ...
  2. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 1 February 2021 16: 56
    272 units of Su-30MKI
    Russian Air Force - 91 units. Su-30SM and 20 units. Su-30M2 for 2020
    Do they have more enemies? repeat
    1. da Vinci
      da Vinci 1 February 2021 17: 01
      They have more money.
      1. The popuas
        The popuas 1 February 2021 17: 09
        We have enough money ... no political will!
        1. Senior seaman
          Senior seaman 1 February 2021 17: 15
          as the cat-matroskin said:
    2. donavi49
      donavi49 1 February 2021 18: 03
      Suddenly they have real enemies and there are more of them:
      Pakistan - which is actively purchased in China at the expense of friendship loans and promotes its military-industrial complex. The same JF-17s are in large series (by the way, there will be a total of 200 units only in the Pakistan Air Force and only according to already signed contracts).

      China - with which there is a constant war in Ladakh. Which on any day can go from spears and six-piers to J-10/11/15/20 against the Su-30MKI in the air.

      I’m missing out on India’s desire to become a regional leader.

      Russia has fewer challenges. For if a united NATO attacks, the Aerospace Forces will not live long in a war of attrition. And the threshold of strategic nuclear forces in such a war will quickly come. And NATO understands this too. For small wars in different regions and showdowns with non-aligned countries, there is enough that is.
      1. Alexander Seklitsky
        Alexander Seklitsky 1 February 2021 19: 51
        Quote: donavi49
        For if a united NATO attacks,

        If yes. laughing What is a united NATO? This is not at all the consolidated Germany of the 40s. And again, no one has ever organized such a huge group of troops. After all, they also need logistics and accommodation and damn interconnection. Is it really all Nata sprinkles in American? Here even the English with the Amers can have a language threshold. Not like with the rest. And the Spaniards with the French and Greeks will not inflame with the desire to do "drach nach osten"
        1. donavi49
          donavi49 1 February 2021 20: 06
          Well, this is a military bloc - and if you start a world one, you won't be able to jump off. This is not to expel Saddamka from the palace. And they didn’t stroke those who had jumped off the head.

          However, even if you take the NATO hawks + the US + vassals = the VKS will be exhausted very quickly, and in general the strategic nuclear forces will fly even faster.

          India's situation is different. They need to dominate against Pakistan, especially in the sky. And at the same time, leave a reserve in the east, or give battle to China, due to the stretch of communications and air bases at the latter.
    3. g1v2
      g1v2 2 February 2021 06: 37
      Then they simply saved our aircraft industry with their contract. When they ordered dryers, we almost never built planes for ourselves. PM many of our developments and the fact that dry waited for contracts from the RF Ministry of Defense in relative order - thanks to the Indians. Yes, the Indians generally greatly helped our defense industry in troubled times. Thanks a lot to them.
      In general, Indians are our regular customer number 1. Now several contracts with them are being implemented and it seems like new orders for aircraft have been concluded. Next, Algeria is probably among the important customers.
    4. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 2 February 2021 08: 25
      They do not have Su27 ..... Su34 ..... they are smarter, they have purchased a single fighter for air defense and strike targets.
  3. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 2 February 2021 07: 52
    Duc seems to have announced a new contract for additional supplies.