The Russian-Indian cooperation in developing and launching the Su-30МКI multi-purpose fighter program has made a considerable contribution to the international success of the Su-30МК Program.
The first contract for delivery of the Su-30МКI fighters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) was signed on November 30,
Irkut Corporation assumed responsibility of lead contractor, investor and organizer of wide-ranging international cooperation concerning the Su-30MKI. The aircraft was designed in close cooperation with Sukhoi Design Bureau, NPO Saturn JSC, NII Priborostroeniya JSC, Ramenskoye Instrument Design Bureau along with a number of other leading enterprises of the aviation industry.
Satisfied with the capabilities and quality of the Su-30МКI aircraft, the Indian Ministry of Defense ordered additional batches of the aircraft from Irkut Corporation.
An important event in Russia-Indian cooperation occurred on December 28, 2000 with the signing of the general contract for licensed production of the Su-30МКI aircraft in India by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Irkut Corporation rendered help to HAL in modernization of production and assimilation of the Su-30МКI aircraft production technology based on the process kits delivered by Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
In late 2012, the Indian Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Russia to order 42 Su-30MKI process kits. This increased the total number of the ordered Su-30МКI aircraft exeeded 270 units.
Successful operation of the Su-30MKI by the IAF and reputation gained during international military exercises encouraged sale of the Su-30МК aircraft to the air forces of Malaysia and Algeria.
Instruments and systems manufactured in India for the Su-30MKI are exported for installation on Su-30MK fighters meant for Malaysia and Algeria.
In cooperation with the HAL, after-sales support of the Su-30МКI aircraft is provided including repair and overhaul.
The Su-30МКI is planned to be upgraded with avionics and new weapons namely the new supersonic anti-ship missile “BrahMos”.
The experience gained in the course of cooperation under the Su-30МКI program paved the way for development of new Russian-Indian joint projects.
Irkut Corporation implements marketing, sale, supplies and after-sale support of the Su-30МК aircraft in cooperation with the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Rosoboronexport JSC and Sukhoi Company JSC.