Sukhoi Su-30MKI

Sathya

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While the exact numbers are not known, IAF sources have explained that the asking price for an upgrade is too high because it will involve a complete revamp and not just a simple extension of life.

 

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While the exact numbers are not known, IAF sources have explained that the asking price for an upgrade is too high because it will involve a complete revamp and not just a simple extension of life.

Apparently the purchase of the 21 MiG-29s & 12 MKIs will happen as we're retiring one squadron of Mig-29s by 2030 or thereabouts. In all likelihood it'd happen next year. Beyond that everything else is in the air & unlikely to happen.

Just here after watching another episode of Indigenous Appreciation Hour by S Jha. He claims IAF not inclined to go in for engine upgradation or replacement as it'd cost a bomb & it's not needed as even with the current engine, enough power is generated to run an Uttam AESA radar along with a Growler like configuration on the MKI.

I guess the Russians are aware of this. What you're seeing is formalities being observed by GoI / MoD / HAL / IAF to keep an old partner in good humour.
 

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This person is not always accurate.

We have certain number of ASRAAM and Python 5 systems in our inventory. They won't be standard systems for Su30.
Imo IAF wants to standardise multiple weapons pack on its fleet. This move of integrating different aam weapons was definitely something IAf gave priority. Just not sure if we can do it all without Russia/EU makers permission, I guess not?

Btw saw HAL got patent in some SDR related stuff.

 
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Ankit Kumar

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Imo IAF wants to standardise multiple weapons pack on its fleet. This move of integrating different aam weapons was definitely something IAf gave priority. Just not sure if we can do it all without Russia/EU makers permission, I guess not?

Btw saw HAL got patent in some SDR related stuff.

Things like ASRAAM and MICA are extremely costly items.

Astra MK1/MK2 and ASTRA IR will be standard across all aircrafts.
 
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Ankit Kumar

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I think Astra IR is not going to be a close range weapons, instead it will substitute Astra mk1.
The cost of European and Israeli CCM is way too high to be procured in a desired number of between 2000-2500 units. A local alternative is the only option.

It can be a R73 knock off with indigenous seeker and some Israeli tricks. But it needs to be local.
 
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IAF has had so may amazing planes over the years, but nothing IMO touches the mighty Super Flanker aka SU-30 MKI(both in looks and combat potential). Very hard to believe that it was India and not US or UK or France or Germany or Russia which inducted a thrust vectored super fighter into active service in 2002. Raptor was formally inducted only in 2005, IMO.

With new digital RWR, DCMAWS, i-derby ER, Astra 2 and 3 along with multiple other upgrades it shall continue to rule despite the anvil of new "discreet" birds at home and in vicinity.

After Swift Retort a lot of Indians seem to have lost faith, which in my view is extremely sad.