India and Russia to Jointly Set Up $300 Million Logistics Hub for Su30MKI

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August 30 – India, with the help of Russia, plans to set up a logistics hub for its most lethal combat aircraft, the Su-30MKI, at the facilities of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in Bangalore. Sources from India’s Ministry of Defense told, “we are trying to ensure the maximum operational availability of Su-30MKI fighters at any given time. We have improved the serviceability of the aircraft from 46% to more than 60%. Notwithstanding, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has also finalized long term repair agreement with Russian original equipment manufacturers to improve the availability of aircraft for operational use but the long process of getting spare parts delivered is negatively impacting the operational availability of the aircraft….A spare parts logistics center will solve this problem.” Currently, it takes up to 18 months to deliver spare parts to India from Russia, mainly due to cumbersome bureaucratic process, customs, bank guarantees, etc. Air Marshal P. P. Khandekar, Air Officer-in-Charge for Maintenance at Air HQ IAF says, “For a small fleet, there is no need to set up infrastructure in the country. Our indigenous infrastructure development requirement is mainly for when the fleet is large.” Currently the Indian Air Force has more than 200 Su 30 MKI in its fleet and is expected to receive the remaining fleet by 2019. India contracted for the delivery of 272 Su 30 MKI with Russia.

India Wants Fleet of 1,317MPH Next-Gen Russian ‘Super Sukhoi’ Fighter Jets

A Russian Su-30MKI fighter performs at the Moscow International Air Show in Zhukovsky

New Delhi and Moscow near an $8 billion deal to upgrade the fearsome Su-30MKI fighter jet into the Super Sukhoi, but the deal does not threaten the joint Indo-Russia fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) program.

Negotiations between New Delhi and Moscow have ramped up with India planning to upgrade 194 warplanes to become fifth-generation Sukhoi SU-30MKI fighter jets at a cost of more than $8 billion, Defense News reported this week.Defense News quoted an anonymous senior official at India’s Ministry of Defense who said, “A Russian team was in New Delhi earlier this month to discuss [the] upgrade plan with India, which will be finalized in the next four to six months.”

The new planes will be known as “Super Sukhoi” jets with upgrades featuring improved stealth abilities, longer ranger missiles and radars, a supersonic cruise missile and an advanced suite of avionics.

“A major part of the upgrade involves avionics and sensors,” said Muthumanikam Matheswaran, a retired Indian Air Force officer. “These are completely new with new systems and new software. Hence it has no relation to old problems with software. Engine issues will have to be dealt with.”

According to an anonymous Russian diplomat, a prototype of the plane will be developed in Russia while the actual upgrades will be done at India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

The Indian Air Force confirmed that the Su-30MKI upgrade will not impact the proposed Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program – worth $25 billion. Analysts believe, however, that a possible diversion of India’s defense funds towards the Super Sukhoi could delay the FGFA.

India and Russia first signed a Prelminary Development Agreement in 2011 to jointly build the FGFA, but  a final agreement which will require a roughly $6 billion payment by New Delhi towards the development of the fighter jet has yet to be inked as the two sides continue to negotiate issues relating to production work share.

Asked about the rationale of pursuing the substantial and costly upgrades to India’s existing SU-30MKI fighter jets rather than purchasing new aircrafts whole, Matheswaran explained, “An upgrade at the maximum will be about half the cost of the original aircraft in Su-30 generation. A new aircraft in place of Su-30 means FGA, which is far more expensive.”

Dajit Singh, a retired IAF Air Marshal and defense analyst, explained that there will be significant differences between the upgraded Super Sukhoi and the coming FGFA fighter jet.

“FGFA has some distinct features, which Super Su-30MKI will not have,” said Singh. “These include internal weapon-carrying bays to enhance stealth features, integrated internal fit of the electronic warfare suite, super-cruise capability and inherent stealth design.”

“Su-30 cannot be redesigned as a stealth aircraft,” Singh continued. “Any changes of the wing design and material to improve stealth would be very expensive and time consuming and would be akin to a different design. Therefore, the FGFA project may not be canceled in total in view of the Su-30 upgrade.”

Russia’s Irkut to Finish Su-30 Fighter Jets Deliveries to Algeria in 2017

Su-30 MKI

According to annual report, Russia’s Irkut aircraft manufacturer will finish the deliveries of 14 Sukhoi Su-30MKA multirole fighters to Algeria in 2017.

 

Russia’s Irkut aircraft manufacturer will finish the deliveries of 14 Sukhoi Su-30MKA multirole fighters to Algeria in 2017, Irkut said in an annual report on Monday.

On September 11, Russian state technologies corporation Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said that Moscow would supply Algeria with 14 jets.

“The deliveries of Su-30MK aircraft to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria are planned for a period of 2016-2017,” the report obtained by RIA Novosti said.

Russian-Indian Company to Test Su-30 Fighter Equipped With BrahMos Missile

Su-30 MKI

 

Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Limited is going to test a Su-30 MKI fighter jet equipped with a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in fall.

Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Limited is going to test a Su-30 MKI fighter jet equipped with a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in fall, the company’s spokesman Praveen Pathak told Russian media.

“In September-October we are going to hold the first practical air launch of the missile. We have already completed 90 percent of works on the complex. Our military are inspired by fire power and range capability, which will be provided by the deadly combination of the most progressive fighter and our missile,” Pathak told the Izvestiya newspaper.

He added that in order to equip the fighter with the BrahMos missile, it was necessary to make changes in the jet’s design.

The company carried out a demonstration of a Su-30 MKI fighter equipped with a BrahMos missile on June 25.

BrahMos is a short-range supersonic missile, which has been in use by the Indian Navy since 2005. The missile has a range of 180 miles and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 660 pounds.

Russia unveils Su-30SME fighter export version at Singapore Airshow

Unlike the Su-30MKI fighter jet, the avionics suite mounted on the Su-30SME aircraft’s version lacks French-made components

 

MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russia has unveiled the export version of the Sukhoi Su-30SME (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) multipurpose fighter jet at the Singapore Airshow 2016, a source in the defense and industrial sector said.

“The Su-30SME aircraft [the export version of the Su-30SM fighter jet] has been shown on the international market for the first time,” the source said.

“Its development aims to offer foreign customers a fighter jet equipped with a Russian-made avionics suite,” the source added.

Unlike the Su-30MKI fighter jet, the avionics suite mounted on the Su-30SME aircraft’s version lacks French-made components, the source said.

Russian-made components for the Su-30SME fighter jet’s avionics suite have allowed enhancing the aircraft’s capabilities.

According to the source, Southeast Asian, Middle East and North African countries have already shown interest in the new fighter jet.

The Su-30SM (SM standing for serial-produced, upgraded) multipurpose fighter jet is designed both to gain air supremacy and attack ground and surface targets. The fighter jet has canards and engines with a controlled thrust vector, which makes the aircraft supermaneuverable.

The Su-30SM fighter jet is equipped with the Bars multipurpose control radar.

The Su-30SM fighter jet can be used to train pilots for future single-seat fighter jets. The Su-30SM fighter jet has been manufactured for the Russian Air Force since 2012.

Four Su-30SM batch-produced fighters (Russian Air Force modification) were supplied for Kazakh Air Force in 2015.

The article was published on the ‘Russia’s Defense Technologies’ newswire.

 

Russia ready to supply an additional batch of Su-30MKI jets to India

 

 

 

 

 

The Corporation “Irkut” is ready to deliver to India an additional batch of the multifunctional Su-30MKI fighters, if such an order is received, stated official representative of the corporation to reporters on Wednesday.

 

 

“From our side, we are fulfilling all contractual obligations. If the Indian leadership decides on the purchase of an additional batch of Su-30MKI fighters, we are ready to fulfill that order”, he said at the ongoing International Airshow- Singapore Airshow 2016.

 

According to the corporation’s representative, licensed production of these aircrafts at the factory of the HAL Corporation in India is continuing.

 

“According to the Indian Air Force, at present, more than 200 Su-30MKI fighters have been inducted into active service”, he added.

India to Purchase Spare Parts for Su-30 Fleet From Russia

Su-30MKI SB-043 Indian Air Force

 

India intends to sign an agreement with Russia for the purchase of spare parts for Su-30MKI fighter jets for the next five years.

“The visit of representatives of the Indian Ministry of Defense is expected in the second half of December and we hope to be able to come to a positive solution and conclude an agreement as soon as possible,” representative of the Sukhoi holding told the Economic Times.

The agreement, according to the publication, will ensure that the aircraft will be able to perform more combat missions and will be aimed at reducing maintenance times, which is one of the key objectives of the Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikara.

According to The Economic Times, previously a major problem with supplying the spare parts was the length of time it took from the moment the Indian military made a request for purchase, till the time they actually began to produce the parts in Russia.

This period was approximately 12 months but now the military hopes to reduce it to 30 days.

The multifunctional Su-30MKI fighter is produced at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant Corporation ‘Irkut’.

 

India, Malaysia to exchange info on operations of Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets

The Indian Air Force operates the customized MKI version of the Su-30 family of jets while Malaysian Air Force has the MKM variant of the jets on its tables of equipment

India's Sukhoi Su-30MKI

India’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI

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NEW DELHI, November 24. /TASS/. India and Malaysia have decided to set up a Sukhoi-30 forum – a joint platform for exchanging information on training, maintenance and technical support of the fleets of Su-30 fighter aircraft of Russian manufacture, which are operated by countries and which India has used in the past to train Malaysian Air Force pilots, The Economic Times daily said on Tuesday.

The Indian Air Force operates the customized MKI version of the Su-30 family of jets while Malaysian Air Force has the MKM variant of the jets on its tables of equipment. The number of these aircraft in India is expected to reach 272.

Since 2007, India has received 50 aircraft assembled in Russia and another 150 jets of the family were assembled on license by Indian factories afterwards. By 2018, the Indians hope to set up 14 squadrons of Su-30MKI fighters.

“We have considerable experience on the fighters and have operated them in all conditions,” an Air Force official told ET. “We can share our experience on things like maintenance as well as flight safety with Malaysia. Maintenance expertise as well as spares developed by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics could also be shared with Malaysia.”

Why the BrahMos armed Sukhoi is bad news for India’s enemies

April 20, 2015 Rakesh Krishnan Simha
By successfully modifying the Su-30MKI to carry the supersonic BrahMos missile, India has signalled its intent to strike with devastating force early on in a conflict.
Why the BrahMos armed Sukhoi is bad news for India’s enemies Su-30 and BrahMos are powerful weapons. Source: wikipedia.org

India has signalled its intent to strike enemy targets with devastating force early on in a conflict.

In September 2010 India’s newly constituted tri-services Strategic Forces Command (SFC) submitted a proposal to the Defence Ministry for setting up two dedicated squadrons of aircraft comprising 40 Su-30MKI air dominance fighters. The task of this “mini air force” is to deliver nuclear weapons.

The picture became clearer in October 2012 when the Cabinet Committee on Security green lighted a programme to carry out structural and software modifications on 42 Su-30MKIs and acquire 216 air-launched BrahMos missiles. Until then, the BrahMos – the product of an India-Russia joint venture – was for exclusive use by the Navy.

In March 2015 the SFC received the first of these 42 Sukhois equipped with the air launched version of the supersonic BrahMos. This is the first time that the SFC, which at present depends on the Indian Air Force (IAF) for delivering nuclear weapons under its command, is acquiring its own aerial assets.

Currently, India’s nuclear delivery system is based on land-based ballistic missiles such as the Agni and Prithvi plus the IAF’s nuclear-capable Mirage 2000, Su-30 MKI and Jaguar fighter-bombers. The final element of the nuclear triad, submarine-launched missiles, is still being tested.

Individually, the Su-30 and BrahMos are powerful weapons. But when the world’s most capable fourth generation fighter is armed with a uniquely destructive cruise missile, together they are a dramatic force multiplier.

The BrahMos’ 3 km per second speed – literally faster than a bullet – means it hits the target with a huge amount of kinetic energy. In tests, the BrahMos has often cut warships in half and reduced ground targets to smithereens. The Sukhoi’s blistering speed will add extra launch momentum to the missile, plus the aircraft’s ability to penetrate hardened air defences means there is a greater chance for the pilot to deliver the missile on to its designated targets.

Likely targets

Considering that India’s primary enemy is Pakistan and that country’s chief backer is China, against which India has fought two conflicts – losing in 1962 and winning in 1967 – these two countries are the obvious targets.

Against Pakistan, the targets are obvious. A two-squadron attack using most of the SFC’s air assets can within minutes utterly cripple the country’s command and control centres; nuclear power plants, including the Kahuta ‘Death Star’ where the majority of the “Islamic” bombs are manufactured; the Sargodha Central Ammunition Depot west of Lahore where these warheads are stored; ballistic missile bases in Gujranwala, Okara, Multan, Jhang and Dera Nawab Shah; Pakistani Army Corp headquarters in Rawalpindi; the Karachi Port, Pakistani’s only major harbour and its Naval HQ; and ordinance factories that manufacture tanks and fighter aircraft.

The supersonic BrahMos armed with a conventional warhead can theoretically penetrate hardened command, control and communication centres. However, there is no guarantee these targets will be 100 per cent destroyed unless the BrahMos is nuclear tipped. A pre-emptive nuclear strike will therefore ensure that Pakistan’s offensive capability is effectively neutralised and it is never again a threat to India.

Against China, the Sukhoi-BrahMos one-two punch seems counter-intuitive as Chinese targets are located deep inland or on the coast. However, the Su-30MKI has a maximum range of 3000 km (extendable to 8000 km with in-flight refuelling). Now add the BrahMos’s 300 km reach and India can hit targets 3300 km inside China.

Why the Sukhoi-BrahMos option?

The Su-30MKI is an obvious choice. The SFC does not want untested fighters but the ones which can be relied upon to deliver nuclear-tipped missiles. The aircraft has a titanium airframe strong enough to fly a high-speed terrain following profile. The batch of 42 Sukhois will also have hardened electronic circuitry to shield them from the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear blast.

Having a dedicated aircraft for the nuclear attack role offers India’s war planners strategic flexibility and increases the odds of success. Because ballistic missiles are used only as a weapon of last resort, they cannot really be deployed at will. Once released, they cannot be recalled and if shot down are not easily replaced. Fighter aircraft, on the other hand, can perform repeated sorties and be directed to bomb targets as they move. For instance, if Pakistan moves it warheads out of Sargodha depot, which is presumably under constant watch by Indian satellites, the Sukhois can be vectored against a column of Pakistani trucks transporting their nuclear cargo.

The SFC’s mini air force of 42 Sukhois can also launch their missiles against Pakistani targets from within Indian airspace or while flying over international waters, thereby complicating the enemy’s defences. It is a lot easier for India to destroy Pakistani war fighting capability because not only is Pakistan relatively smaller but it has also concentrated its defences in one province, Punjab.

Further developments

Because heavy modifications were necessary for integrating such a heavy missile onto the Su-30MKI, initially it seemed to make little sense to deploy a single missile. Aviation Week reports that initially even Sukhoi was reluctant to go along. That prompted HAL to go solo, but Aviation Week says Sukhoi came on board in 2011. The Russian side provided HAL with technical consultancy especially for the modifications to the fuselage in order to accommodate the 9-metre-long missile.

“Work is also underway on a modified lighter and smaller-diameter version of the BrahMos for deployment on the Indian navy’s MiG-29K and, potentially, the Dassault Rafale,” says Aviation Week.

And signalling the country’s immunity from western sanctions, DRDO scientists say the 300 km cap on the missile’s range will be removed. The next generation BrahMos is likely to be a longer range weapon. And with the planned increased in speed, the missile will have considerably enhanced kinetic energy despite its smaller size optimised for relatively smaller aircraft such as the MiG-29.

That’s really bad news if you are in the Sukhoi-BrahMos crosshairs.