India has requested Russia to upgrade its fleet of Su-30MKI multirole fighter jets, Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said in an interview. The Su-30MKI is India’s most advanced fighter jet was last seen in action during the Balakot airstrikes and subsequent skirmishes with Pakistan Air Force.
”We are very pleased with the upgrades of the MiG-21, MiG-27 and MiG-29. They have been equipped with modern weapons and avionics. In recent exercises we tried them and were very pleased with the results,” Dhanoa told a Russian military daily Krasnay Zvezda.
Following the upgradation of MiG’s, India has requested a proposal for the Su-30MKI modernization, he said. Known as Flanker-H in NATO countries, India purchased the first batch of Su-30MKI jets in 1996 at the cost of $1.462 billion. Since then India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has produced 249 such aircrafts under license.
In 2017, India had cleared a proposal worth $435 million to equip the planes with new reconnaissance pods. The IAF describes the Su-30MKI as its air dominance fighter as it enables the service to perform multiple missions, owing to its extended range, speed, firepower and super-manoeuvrability.