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.

India, Russia talks on to modernize Su-30MKI fighters


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Russia and India are discussing comprehensive modernization of the Su-30MKI fighters, Konstantin Biryulin, head of the Russian delegation, said at the 51st International Paris Air and Space Show.

Responding to a question from TASS about modernization of the Indian Su-30 MKI fleet of fighters, Biryulin, the Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, said, “together with our Indian partners, we are now holding talks on the comprehensive modernization of the Su-30MKI aircraft, which were delivered about 20 years ago”.

“The modernization package would include on-board communications and data transfer systems, as well as radar equipment of the Su-30MKI fighter jets. All of these systems will be modernized,” he said.

Russia’s Su-30 fighters upgraded to carry supersonic cruise missiles

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India has started flight tests of the first Su-30MKI multirole fighter modified by Russian and Indian specialists to carry BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missiles

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LANGKAWI /Malaysia/, March 19. /TASS/. Russian Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C) multirole fighter jets are getting an upgrade to carry supersonic cruise missiles. The planes will be modernized both for the Russian Air Force and the Indian military aviation.

India has started flight tests of the first Su-30MKI multirole fighter modified by Russian and Indian specialists to carry BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missiles, BrahMos Aerospace Russian-Indian Joint Venture Head Sudhir Mishra told TASS on Thursday at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’2015) in Malaysia.

The BrahMos Aerospace head said the flight tests for the Su-30 fighter jets would be over this year.

India has allocated $1.1 billion to purchase 200 BrahMos-A missiles to be installed on Indian Air Force Su-30MKI fighter jets. A total of 42 Su-30 fighters will be modernized at the production facilities of India’s HAL corporation to carry supersonic cruise missiles.

In Russia, military aircraft, including Su-30SM fighters, will be modernized at the Irkut aircraft corporation to carry supersonic cruise missiles, Irkut CEO Oleg Demchenko said at the LIMA’2015 air show.

When asked whether the Russian Air Force would follow India’s example to modernize Su-30SM to be fitted out with supersonic cruise missiles, the Irkut head said the Russian Defense Ministry was working out a relevant plan of measures and looking for financing sources to carry out modernization.

India looks to speed up T-50 procurement due to Rafale contract delays

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India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly become so frustrated with the impasse in negotiations with Dassault over the contract for the Rafale fighter aircraft that it has decided to accelerate the timetable for the localised production of Russia’s PAK-FA/T-50 fifth-generation fighter.

he contract for this programme, in which India has a subsidiary role in the development of a version of the aircraft tailored to their requirements, is in the final stages of negotiation.

The plan was to have had the T-50 produced in India, much like another Russian-designed fighter, the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, which has been in series production for more than a decade at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) plant in Nasik."

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly become so frustrated with the impasse in negotiations with Dassault over the contract for the Rafale fighter aircraft that it has decided to accelerate the timetable for the localised production of Russia’s PAK-FA/T-50 fifth-generation fighter.

he contract for this programme, in which India has a subsidiary role in the development of a version of the aircraft tailored to their requirements, is in the final stages of negotiation.

The plan was to have had the T-50 produced in India, much like another Russian-designed fighter, the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, which has been in series production for more than a decade at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) plant in Nasik.

 

The first Su-30MKI armed with air-launched BrahMos missile was handed over to Indian air forces

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The first Su-30MKI armed with air-launched BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile was handed over to Indian air forces, Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports.

The handover ceremony was held at Aero India-2015 show held in Bangladesh. CEO of Hindustan Aeronautics Suvarna Raju and CEO of BrahMos Aerospace Sudhir Mishra took part in the ceremony.

According to the specialists, over the last six or seven months changes were made in the design of the aircraft, in particular, loads applied to the fighter’s structural components were redistributed. At that, the missile is 500 kg lighter and about 50 cm shorter compared to its previous version.

The first tests will be carried out in March; the specialists will be able to assess the results of their work carried out over the last two years. They are going to start preparing the second fighter for testing upon completion of these tests in March. In future it is planned to make similar modifications to 42 Su-30MKI jets operated by Indian air forces.

Russia has 9 Su-30MKI assembly kits left to deliver to India

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In 2015 Irkut Corporation will deliver six Su-30MKI assembly kits to India (fighters will be assembled by HAL), RIA Novosti reports with reference to Senior Vice-President of the corporation, Vitaly Borodich.

“We have six assembly kits (including materials, components, etc.) left to deliver under contract for delivery of 42 kits signed in 2012,” Borodich said at Aero India 2015 airshow.

The contract will be implemented this year, the source added. We remind you that a total of 222 assembly kits should be delivered to India.

Russia and India are the largest partners in the area of military-technical cooperation: over 70% of weapons and military equipment used by Indian army, air forces and navy were manufactured in USSR and Russia.

According to the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, in 2013 Russia delivered weapons and military equipment to India worth $4,78 billion, in 2014 – $4,7 billion.

Irkut Corporation will complete the deliveries of 222 Su-30MKI assembly kits to India in 2015

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In 2015 Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corporation) will complete deliveries of Su-30MKI assembly kits to India, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the corporation’s press-service.

“In 2015 Irkut Corporation will complete deliveries of Su-30MKI assembly kits to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL, India). Thus the corporation will successfully implement a contract for delivery of 222 Su-30MKI assembly kits; the fighters are assembled at HAL’s Nashik factory,” said in the press release. At present Indian air forces operate around 300 Su-30MKI fighters; some of them were assembled in Russia.

Super-maneuverable multi-role two-seat combat aircraft Su-30MK (the version developed for India is designated Su-30MKI), manufactured by Irkut Corporation since 2002, is able to destroy air, ground and surface targets using high-precision weapons. It has significant combat radius and may be operated under any weather and lighting conditions as well as under conditions of jamming and counterfire.

The total backlog for Su-30MK jets exceeded 300 aircraft. These jets have proven their capabilities during operation in India, Malaysia and Algeria.

India’s Rafale Dilemma: France Cannot Be Trusted After Mistral Faux Pas

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The battle for the deal to supply warplanes to India is on and Russian Su-30MKI’s are the prime candidate to replace Rafale fighters that France failed to deliver years after winning the $10 billion tender.

France and India have been trying to ink the deal since 2012, with New Delhi becoming increasingly frustrated with its European partner. India wants Dassault Aviation to stick to the original terms of the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract. At the moment its cost has doubled.

The two countries have also been deadlocked over the licensed production of the fighter jets. According to the initial terms, France was to supply 18 Rafale fighters, while India would produce 108 aircraft at a Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) facility under a technology transfer agreement. Later Dassault refused to take responsibility for the warplanes produced at HAL.

India’s frustration must have also been exacerbated when France refused to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers built for the Russian Navy. The French stance on the Mistral deal might have contributed to India’s decision to seek other partners as the country is upgrading its military equipment.

Earlier this week, the deputy head of Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Sergei Goreslavsky, confirmed that Russia was ready to supply India with additional Su-30MKIs. However, France is not giving up just yet. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Drian will visit New Delhi in the coming days in an attempt to save the deal.

 

The fate of the agreement is expected to be sealed in March before the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to France. The collapse of the negotiations would be an embarrassment for the French government, AFP news agency noted.Both warplanes are currently exhibited at the Aero India 2015 air show in Bangalore. The fact that Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets have been manufactured in India since 2000 gives the Russian-designed aircraft an advantage. Moreover, Su-30MKIs are cheaper and more reliable, according to Indian Minister for External Affairs in the North Eastern Region Vijay Kumar Singh.

Years-long successful military cooperation between Russia and India is also a factor. For instance, Russia and India are slated to sign a contract for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fighter jet.

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Russia, India to Discuss Su-30MKI Fighter Modernization

Indian air force Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft takes off at the opening ceremony of Aero India 2011 in Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Russia and India will discuss the modernization of Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia and India will discuss the modernization of Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI (Flanker-H) fighters, including equipping them with BrahMos cruise missiles, Russian aircraft corporation Irkut said on Monday.

The talks are to take place at the upcoming Aero India 2015 defense and civil aviation expo, to be held February 18-22 in Bangalore.

“Research institutions and industrial facilities in India will participate in the program to modernize the Su-30MKI, which will significantly increase the combat capabilities of the aircraft,” an Irkut spokesperson told reporters.

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI super-maneuverable fighter jet is a variant of the Su-30MK developed for the Indian Air Force. The first test of the Russian-Indian supersonic BrahMos cruise missile is due to take place in March 2015.

 

The spokesperson added that designers are currently working on integrating BrahMos cruise missiles into the Su-30MKI, which will “improve the combat capabilities of this unique complex.”

According to the spokesperson, a major success for India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) manufacturer was to succeed, with the help of Irkut’s specialists, in the overhaul of the Su-30MKI fighters. Currently, HAL is the only corporation in the world that carries out such complex manufacturing operations.

India’s Air Force has a fleet of over 200 Su-30 MKIs, built HAL under Irkut’s license. The first Su-30MKI overhauled in Russia was transferred to India in January.

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First test-launch of BrahMos missile from Indian Su-30MKI in February 2015

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The first test launch of a Russian-Indian BrahMos air-launched missile from a Su-30MKI of the Indian Air Force has been scheduled for March 2015, RIA Novosti learned on Wednesday from Alexander Dergachev, deputy director of NPO Mashinostroyeniye.

Established jointly by India and the Russian Federation, the supersonicBrahMos cruise missile started to enter the Armed Forces of India in 2005. The missile has a range of 290 kilometers, and is capable of carrying a warhead weighing up to 300 kilograms.Land and sea trials have been successfully conducted, and now plans call for testing it from the Su-30MKI.

“Test flights using the Su-30MKI have started, with mock-up models of the missile in the same size and weight configuration. Take-offs and landings are now being practiced. The first training launch from a fighter jet is scheduled for March of this year,” said Mr. Dergachev.