Su-30МКI: Backbone Fighter of the Indian Air Force

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, 1996 in Irkutsk by Rosvooruzhenie state company (predecessor of JSC Rosoboronexport) and Indian Ministry of Defense. Irkutsk Aviation Plant manufactured 32 Su-30МКI aircraft for the IAF from 2002 to 2004 under the 1996 Contract.


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.

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