To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

India to add to Su-30MKI fleet with new order

26th September 2023 - 12:30 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


India has approved the assembly of a dozen additional Su-30MKI fighters, to make up for attritional losses. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

India will order a dozen extra Su-30 fighters from Russia, these to be assembled by HAL within India.

As the Indian Air Force (IAF) waits to fill gaps in its fighter inventory with indigenous LCA Mk1As, in the interim it is buying 12 Su-30MKI fighters to replace crashed examples.

This pending aircraft procurement valued at $1.3 billion – the biggest since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war – was given acceptance of necessity by the Defence Acquisition Council in mid-September, along with eight other projects valued at $5.9 billion.

The Su-MKIs will be license-built by HAL at its Nashik plant, the same facility where LCA Mk1As will be manufactured.

Delivery is scheduled within a year of signing

Already have an account? Log in

Want to keep reading this article?

Read this Article

Get access to this article with a Free Basic Account

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 1 free story per week
  • Personalised news alerts
  • Daily and weekly newsletters
Create account

Unlimited Access

Access to all our premium news as a Premium News 365 Member. Corporate subscriptions available.

  • Original curated content, daily across air, land and naval domains
  • 14-day free trial (cancel at any time)
  • Unlimited access to all published premium news
Start your free trial
Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

She has written for …

Read full bio

Share to