India to go ahead with the acquisition of 21 MiG-29, 12 Su-30MKI aircrafts

India is all set to formally move ahead with the procurement of 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft from Russia along with the upgrades of the aircrafts existing fleets. A Request for Proposal (RFP) is expected to be soon be issued to Russian manufacturer Rosoboronexport for the same.

Earlier in July 2020, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) already had given the initial nod for the acquisition of the 21 MiG-29s with the latest avionics and electronic warfare suites, and further upgrade of the 59 existing jets to “ensure commonality across the fleet”, at a cost of Rs 7,418 Crores. The cost of 12 new twin-seat Sukhois, along with advanced electronic warfare capabilities as well as additional supplies and spares, is estimated to be Rs 10,730 Crores.

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