India will buy from Russia 21 MiG-29 and 12 Su-30MKI

India plans to buy 21 MiG-29s and 12 Su-30MKIs from Russia, as well as modernize these fourth-generation fighter models already in New Delhi’s disposal with the help of Moscow, writes The Times of India.

The newspaper, referring to its own sources, reports that the Indian side plans to send a corresponding request to Rosoboronexport in the near future. According to the publication, the acquisition of new fighters will allow India to make up for the losses of its combat aircraft.

The Times of India recalls that 42 Indian Su fighters are currently being modified for the installation of BrahMos supersonic missiles. Subsequently, these and other aircraft are planned to be equipped, in particular, with improved avionics and radars.

In June 2020, ANI, citing sources, reported that the Indian Air Force (Air Force) suggested that the Indian government consider the urgent purchase of 21 MiG-29 units and 12 Su-30MKI vehicles. The agency noted that this proposal, which involves accelerating the resolution of the issue of purchasing military equipment, came against the backdrop of the Indian-Chinese conflict that occurred in June 2020 on the border of the two countries.

In August 2019, Defense News, citing its own sources, reported that the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics would curtail licensed production of Russian fourth-generation Su-30MKI fighters in March 2020, if it did not receive new orders for such aircraft.

/Media reports.