Indian Air Force set to boost arsenal with 12 Su-30 MKI fighter jets from HAL

Indian Air Force: This strategic procurement aligns with India's commitment to self-reliance and indigenous manufacturing in the defence sector.

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Indian Air Force: In a decisive move to fortify its squadron strength, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken a significant step by issuing a tender to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the acquisition of 12 advanced Su-30MKI fighter jets.

This strategic procurement aligns with India's commitment to self-reliance and indigenous manufacturing in the defence sector.

HAL's Vital Role: Crafting Advanced Su-30MKI Locally

Sources in the defence establishment revealed that HAL, the state-owned aerospace company, has been entrusted with the task of manufacturing these 12 Su-30MKI fighters in collaboration with the original Russian equipment manufacturers. The tender expects a comprehensive response from HAL, outlining the project details and other specifications by the upcoming month.

Indigenous Focus: Aatmanirbhar Policies in Action

The forthcoming Su-30MKI aircraft will incorporate a substantial percentage of indigenous content, aligning with the Indian Air Force's requirements and the government's Aatmanirbhar policies in the defence sector. These modern Su-30MKI jets are poised to feature cutting-edge Indian weapons and sensors.

Upgrading the Fleet: Ambitious Plans for Sukhoi-30 Fighters

In tandem with this procurement, the Indian Air Force has embarked on an ambitious project to upgrade its Sukhoi-30 fighter fleet. Under this extensive initiative, 84 aircraft are slated for upgrades, incorporating indigenous weapon systems, advanced radars, and avionics. The project, to be executed in collaboration with HAL, not only bolsters the IAF's capabilities but positions India favourably for similar projects with foreign nations.

India's Su-30 Fleet: A Robust Defence Backbone

India currently operates a fleet of 272 Su-30 fighter jets, procured in various tranches since the early 2000s. Over the years, these aircraft have undergone enhancements, integrating Indian systems and weapons like the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and the Astra air-to-air missile.

IAF Chief's Testimony: BrahMos Missile Augments Firepower

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari recently underscored the impact of the BrahMos supersonic missile on the IAF's firepower. He highlighted its role in fortifying India's defence capabilities, especially when deployed on the Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets. Moreover, he hinted at the ongoing development of smaller versions of the next-generation BrahMos missiles for integration into other combat aircraft.

Strategic Deployments: Su-30s in Action

The Su-30s have played pivotal roles in various exercises and operations, including the Balakot air strikes and the ongoing military standoff with the Chinese People's Liberation Army. This latest move to acquire additional Su-30MKI aircraft underscores India's commitment to modernising its air defence capabilities.

(With ANI Inputs)