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Indian Air Force plans to procure 21 MiG-29, 12 Sukhoi-30 fighter jets

To boost its dwindling fighter squadron strength, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to acquire 33 new combat aircraft including 21 MiG-29s and 12 Sukhoi 30s. It has pushed a proposal in front of the government, after which the Defence Ministry has decided to hold a high-level meeting in the next few week, in this regard.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 29, 2019 23:38 IST
IAF plans to procure 21 MiG-29, 12 Sukhoi-30 fighter jets
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IAF plans to procure 21 MiG-29, 12 Sukhoi-30 fighter jets

To boost its dwindling fighter squadron strength, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to acquire 33 new combat aircraft including 21 MiG-29s and 12 Sukhoi 30s. It has pushed a proposal in front of the government, after which the Defence Ministry has decided to hold a high-level meeting in the next few weeks, in this regard.

"A proposal in this regard by the IAF is likely to be taken up before a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry in the next few weeks," government sources told ANI.

The 12 additional Sukhois will help the Indian Air Force to maintain its fleet of 272 Su-30MKI fighters.

India had placed orders for 272 Su-30 fighter jets over a period of 10-15 years in different batches and senior officers feel that the number of planes acquired so far would be enough for the service's heavy-weight aircraft requirement.

The 21 MiG 29s that the Indian Air Force is planning to acquire are from Russia which has offered to sell these planes to help the Air Force to meet its requirement of new fighters.

"As per plans, the MiG-29s on offer would be of the latest upgraded MiG-29s which are already in service with the IAF. The radars and other equipment on the planes would also be of the latest standards," the sources said.

The negotiations for the MiG-29s are at an advanced stage and the IAF is hoping to finalise the deal at the earliest possible, they said.

The Indian Air Force had carried out a study to check if the airframes of the MiG-29s on offer were good enough for it to operate for a long time.

MiG-29s are flown by the Air Force and the pilots are familiar with it but the ones offered by the Russians are different from the ones in the Indian inventory.

The Indian Navy also operates the MiG-29 'K' and is the only operator of this version of the plane and is having a rough experience with the planes which are difficult to maintain and their settings change immediately after they land on the aircraft carrier.

The Air Force has three squadrons of the MiG-29s which have been undergoing upgrades for extended life and are considered to be very good planes in the air defence roles.

(With inputs from ANI)

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