India goes for Super Sukhoi Su-30MKI

India goes for Super Sukhoi Su-30MKI 1 August, 2016

India is advancing negotiations with Russia on the upgrade of its Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) multirole fighter jets, according to TASS News Agency.

Due to the postponement of the Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA ) joint program, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed its intention to upgrade Su-30MKI combat aircraft in order to turn the planes into the fifth-generation fighter jets.

The preliminary name of the enhanced fighter is 'Super Sukhoi'. The Indian MoD is planning to upgrade almost all 272 ordered Su-30MKI aircraft to the 'Super Sukhoi' level in efforts to increase the combat capabilities of the fighters. India intends to get both FGFA and 'Super Sukhoi' fighter jets.

Russia and India are going to spend about USD25 billion to deliver the FGFA fighter jets to the IAF, while the rebuilding of all 272 Su-30MKI fighters is supposed to cost about USD8 billion.

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