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India will purchase new planes from Moscow

For the IAF, there will be a total of 33 fighters between MiG-29 and Su-30MKI

IAF (Indian Air Force) intends to make purchases of military aircraft on the Moscow "square". This is the acquisition of further 33 fighters for which approval is urgently required by the procurement section of the Indian Ministry of Defense. Although the talks between the governments of Dheli and Moscow have lasted for about a year for this order, for India an initiation of new air forces is urgent. Either for the age of some models in the fleet, or for the historical question with Pakistan with which there are still clashes played on the ground and in the skies, and for the defense of its borders especially with China.

Of the total of 33 new planes, 21 will be of the MiG-29 type which will be added to those already in service. The order should also include two trainers, and India hopes to acquire the new aircraft at a "preferential" price as they would already be partially manufactured in Russia as part of a previous order which was later cancelled. The new arrivals will replace the old MiG-21 which will be retired within the next 5 years.

An additional 12 Su-30MKI air superiority fighters should be added to the MiG. The Sukhoi can be defined as the backbone of IAF, which provides for an update for the units in the fleet which, however, is subject to separate negotiation.

Finally, the Air Force is likely to place an order for 83 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas with the indigenous industry HAL this year.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency