India to acquire 42 advanced Su-30MKI fighters

17:04, June 26, 2010      

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India will buy 42 advanced Su-30MKI fighters in the coming years, local media reported on Saturday.

The Indian Cabinet Committee of Security approved the acquisition of 42 Su-30MKIs earlier this month, the Times of India quoted a senior official as saying.

The official said the order of the Su-30MKI acquisition would be worth about 3 billion U.S dollars. They would greatly enhance the air defense capability of the country following their service in the Indian Air Force(IAF).

Su-30MKI ,a variant of Su-30, was jointly developed by the Russian and Indian companies for the Indian Air Force. It could carry several air-to-air and air-to surface missiles, including a type of cruise missile with the range of more than 300 kilometers. The 42 Su-30MKI would be delivered to the Indian Air Force around 2015. The total number of the Indian Air Force's Su-30s would rise to 272 by 2018, becoming the largest type in the IAF's fighter family .

On 28th April, Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony said about 200 oldest fighter Mig-21s would be phased out by 2017. During the last three years, more than 20 Mig-21s have crashed.

In the future, it would be a trend for more and more stealth fighters to be deployed by some countries. However, Su-30MKI still lacks the capability of stealth.

Source: Xinhua


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