SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over the 200th HAL made Su-30 MKI fighter jet to the Indian air force recently. Su-30 MK-I with serial number SB250 takes Indian Air Force’s Su-30 fleet to 242 fighter jets which are in active service.
HAL still has 22 more to deliver which will be completed by March 2020 as per industry sources close to idrw.org. since its induction in air force from 2001, India has lost 8 Su-30 MK-I in various accidents over the years including one this year which crashed while carrying out pre-delivery trials before it was about to be handed over to Indian Air Force.
India had procured an Initial batch of 50 Sukhoi Su-30MKI directly from Russia and then signed Transfer of Technology agreements which allowed India to produce 222 Su-30 MK-I locally in India.
IAF and HAL have been discussing the possibility of placing further orders for 40 to 60 more Sukhoi Su-30MKI at the same price to slow downfall in squadron numbers of Indian Air Force.
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