Russia and India are negotiating upgrade of Su-30MKI fighters

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- An Indian Air Force SU-30K jet touches down at Mountain Home Air Force Base, along with seven others, to train with Airmen here July 17. This is the first time in history the Indian Air Force has been on American soil to train with US fighters. They will be taking advantage of Mountain Home's vast air space and multiple ranges to better prepare their aircrews for future flying missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Ryan Crane) (Released by Staff Sgt. Brian Stives, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office)

Russia and India are negotiating upgrade of Su-30MKI fighters. It was stated by the head of Russian delegation at the 51st Paris Air Show, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Konstantin Biryulin, TASS reports.

Speaking of the situation connected with the upgrade of Su-30MKI fighters operated by India, the head of Russian delegation said that “at present Russia is negotiating upgrade of Su-30MKI aircraft with the Indian partners. The first Su-30MKI jets were delivered to India 20 years ago”. “The upgrade includes fitting the aircraft with new communication and data transmission systems as well as new radars. All these systems will be upgraded,” he noted.

According to the head of the delegation, Russia and India are preparing contracts for joint development of FGFA (fifth-generation fighter aircraft) MTA (multi-role transport aircraft). “Detailed and final design of these two aircraft have been completed,” Biryulin said. “At present negotiations related to signing contracts for joint development of these aircraft are in progress,” he added. Biryulin also said that Russia submitted tender documentation for Su-35 fighter to Indonesia.

“Documentation for Su-35 fighter required to take part in the tender was handed over to Indonesian partners,” he said. According to Biryulin, Rosoboronexport is taking part in the tender for delivery of new fighters to Indonesia.

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