India plans to purchase 21 MiG-29 fighters from Russia and begin to modernize the Su-30MKIs that are in service. This is written by the Vedomosti newspaper, owned by the family of Demyan Kudryavtsev.
The representative of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) said that negotiations on both projects are at an "advanced stage" and the corresponding agreements can be signed in the near future. The amount of transactions is estimated at more than 2.5 billion dollars. As part of the modernization, fighters will receive a more powerful radar station, new electronic warfare and new avionics.
Also, Indian media report that it is planned to purchase 12 Su-30MKI fighters in exchange for those that crashed in almost 20 years of their operation. In Russia, they noted that this is a separate project that does not concern the modernization of existing Su-30s and the purchase of MiG-29s. In total, the Irkutsk Aircraft Building Plant delivered 272 aircraft to India, 222 of which were disassembled and assembled at a local HAL enterprise.
In October, it was reported that Myanmar could become another buyer of Russian fifth-generation Su-57 fighters. At the moment, the bulk of the country's military aviation is made up of light MiG-29 fighters, and in 2018 Myanmar ordered six Su-30SMs from Russia.
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