Connect with us


Second Batch Of Rafale Jets: India Coud Follow Egypt’s Footsteps & Opt For SU-35s Over Rafales?

Last year, Russia had offered to work with India as a Strategic Partner (SP) under Make in India Initiative when the MiG and Sukhoi series were competing for IAF’s massive contract for 114 jets. Russia had chosen to collaborate with the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. as its SP. 



Ever since the India-China border clash broke out, New Delhi has been aggressively procuring military equipment to boost its defence. After the deal to acquire 36 Rafale jets, India still needs to procure modern combat jets which could include additional Rafales, Russian heavyweight jets like Su-35s or American jets including F-21s. 

After Chinook & Apache, Boeing Wants To Sell F-15 EX Jets To The Indian Air Force

Last year, Russia had offered to work with India as a Strategic Partner (SP) under Make in India Initiative when the MiG and Sukhoi series were competing for IAF’s massive contract for 114 jets. Russia had chosen to collaborate with the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. as its SP.

Russia considered Su-35 as an interim solution; as a state-of-art air superiority fighter to sustain the Russian Aerospace Forces through the 2010s until the Su-57 fifth-generation stealth fighter enters serial production.

After Ladakh, Nepal & Bhutan, China Now Claims Territory In Tajikistan

However, the Su-35 has been very successful, almost too successful for its own good that it appeared to tarnish the reputation its more expensive Su-57 successor. According to defence experts, at full power, the radar of Su-35 can detect an F-35 at a distance of 58-km and in the tracking mode, the distance drops to 29km.

Rafale deal is Modi's Bofors nightmare

Reference Image: Rafale Jets

As reported earlier by Eurasian Times, the Indian Air Force is planning to upgrade the Su-30MKI with modern “radar and weapons capabilities and also enhance features that tackle obsolescence management and electronic warfare aspects”, the then Indian Air Force Chief Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria had confirmed.

According to sources, along with the 114 Su-35s to be manufactured in India, the Russian offer includes the ability to modernise the country’s existing fleet of over 250 Su-30MKI heavyweight fighters. However, in comparison to MiG-35s and Rafales, Su-35 jets have higher maintenance requirements and operational costs.

Heavy-Weight T-90 Tanks Deployed In Ladakh Not To Defend But To Threaten Chinese Territories – Experts

Russia has reportedly agreed to provide a number of Su-35 technologies as part of the contract, which could be used to upgrade India’s Su-30 MKI fleet. Many of them will be manufactured in India itself, and this will significantly improve the performance of the jets.

Su-35 fighters are capable of speeds of 2,800 kilometres per hour over an altitude of 11 kilometers, with a range of 4,500 kilometers. With the added external fuel tanks, it will allow the fighters to travel even further distance without having to refuel.

No Buyers For Rafale Jets: Why Almost Every Country Dumped French Rafales Except India?

Their in-flight refuelling capabilities make them competitive with US F-35 fighter jets. It perceived as the ultimate variant of the big Russian fighter sometimes referred to as the “Super Flanker.” The Su-35 features thrust-vectoring engines and a brand-new mission suite, including a Tikhomirov NIIP N135 Irbis Passive Electronically Scanned Array (PESA) radar and a “glass” cockpit.

Egypt Sidelines Rafale Jets For SU-35s; Claims Only Russian Jets Can Match US/Israeli War Planes

Experts believe that such an offer by Russia can surely tempt New Delhi to get 114 Su-35 along with upgraded Su-30 MKIs which are expected to give a further boost to the IAF after it recently received the first batch of Rafale jets.

Recently, after procuring 24 Rafale fighter jets from France, Egypt did not feel the need to add more Rafales to its fleet and instead opted for Russian heavy-weigh Sukhoi Su-35 jets. As EurAsian Times reported, the key objective of Egypt to acquire Su-35s over Rafale jets was that the Russian fighters can outperform the Israeli and US warplanes in the Middle-East region.




Asia Pacific5 hours ago

Indian Army Has Deployed Additional 100,000 Troops Near The LAC – Top Chinese General

Despite the sixth round of Corps Commander level meeting between India and China which failed to provide any significant breakthrough,...

F18-India-Deal F18-India-Deal
Featured5 hours ago

NATO Commitment Forces Germany To Acquire F-18 Super Hornets & Reduce Number Of Typhoons

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is looking to procure the new Eurofighter Typhoons and F-18 Super Hornets to bridge the gap...

Expert Reviews7 hours ago

‘Hot Winters’ Ahead – China Says PLA Needs To Teach A Harsh Lesson To ‘Insincere’ India – Analysis

The portents of war between China and India seem to be getting more and more darker by every passing day....

Featured13 hours ago

SAAB Delivers Gripen-E Jets To Brazil; Offers ‘Exceptional Deal’ To The Indian Air Force

With India’s new FDI model under the new indigenization drive, SAAB has seen it as a lucrative offer and is...

Europe14 hours ago

After Rafale Jets, This Air Force Wants Stealth F-35s That Was Once Meant For Turkey?

While some recent reports indicated that with the arrival of F-35s, UAE cold shed some of its F-16s and sell...

j20-vs-tejas j20-vs-tejas
Asia Pacific15 hours ago

Taiwanese Expert Says ‘Bathrooms Best Place To Hide’ During Chinese Air Raids, Missile Attack

As tensions between China and Taiwan are only increasing day by day, former Ministry of Defense advisor Sung Chao-wen on...

Featured18 hours ago

Indian SU-30 MKI Jets Loaded With BrahMos Missiles Practice Hitting Chinese Assets Far Away From Ladakh

Soaring tensions between India and China in Ladakh has seen both the sides deploying thousands of troops, heavy artillery and...

China-and-India China-and-India
Asia Pacific18 hours ago

India-China War Highly Unlikely; Beijing Only Testing Indian Resilience – Experts

India-China War: The joint statement following the meeting said that ministers had a “frank and constructive discussion on the developments...

imran-khan imran-khan
Featured19 hours ago

India, Pakistan Clash At UNGA – Indian Diplomat Walks Out As Imran Khan Goes All-Out Over Kashmir

India strongly reacted to Pakistan PM Imran Khan's speech at UNGA calling it a 'diplomatic low'. India's envoy to the...

J-10VSF-16 J-10VSF-16
Featured1 day ago

Next US Intervention In Taiwan & There Would Be No Taiwan – China

Amid suggestions for the United States to deploy its troops to Taiwan, Chinese military experts have warned that any such...