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Su-30MKI - 2007 Agreements

By August 2007 the upgradation of SU-30MKI Phase-I/II standard to Phase III standard was under progress at HAL (ND) by the Russian team. The work of upgrade on first batch of four aircraft had commenced from May 2007.

Consequent to the formation of the two working groups under the rubric of the sixth military bilateral talks held in New Delhi in December 2006, progress was made on various issues. As of August 2007, India needed a spare parts price list for SU-30 MKI as provided for in the contract. It was to be supplied within the expiry of the warranty period of the aircraft. India was trying to resolve the problem of receiving import clearances from the Russian side for dispatch of Cat D aggregates with respect to the repair/overhaul contracts. This delay led to high turn over time for repair resulting in unserviceability of the fleet. The Russian side conveyed that they were taking measures to simplify procedures and reduce the time delay. Direct access to OEMs for technical queries was an important issue. The Federal Services for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) controls all the OEMs and they respond to technical queries only on instructions from the former. This led to delay in transmission of information. The issue of dealing directly with OEMs had been taken up with the Russian side and a response was awaited as of August 2007. Various Bulletins/Technical tasks issued by the Russian OEMs are not communicated to the Indian side. In most cases, the Indian side was told about the existence of Bulletins/Technical tasks only after the occurrence of an accident/incident. The Indian side requested that the Indian side should be part of the standard mailing list and Bulletins should be supplied to India as and when issued.

2007 - 18 Su-30MKI SWAP [non-add]

A contract for replacement of SU-30K aircraft with SU-30MKI aircraft (SWAP project) was signed in March 2007. Eighteen SU-30K aircraft were initially procured during 1997 and 1999. These were an older variant and were required to meet the immediate operational requirements of the IAF. The SU-30MKI aircraft featured many modifications over the Su-27 and the Su-30MK variant. These included canard fore-planes, 2-dimensional thrust vectoring control (TVC), Russian-made N011-M passive phased array radar (PESA) and a range of avionics complex sourced from Russia, France, Israel and India which includes display, navigation, targeting and electronic warfare systems.

2007 - 40 Su-30MKI

India signed a deal with Russia on February 2007 for purchase of another 40 Su-30MKI in light of the declining fleet levels of the Indian Air Force. These will be Mk3 standard aircraft. In the interview of Ambassador of India to Russia His Excellency Mr. Kanwal Sibal by to Mr. Pravin Sawhney, editor, Force (August 27, 2007), the Ambassador noted that a contract of additional 40 SU-30 MKI aircraft was signed on 30 March 2007 with HAL. But on account of unresolved price escalation issues with Rosoboronexport, it would take some more time to implement the project.

India will eventually acquire a total of 230 Su-30MKI with all these supplied by 2014. Asserting that the SU-30 MKs were the most potent aircrafts in the IAF, in October 2008 Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Fali Homi Major assured that a total of 230 of the platforms would join the fleet by 2014, with Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) trying to speed up licensed production of the aircraft.

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