Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday while speaking to the media confirmed that Air Staff Quality Requirements (ASQR) for the Sukhoi-30 upgrade have been finalized. As reported earlier by it will be all Indian-made Indigenous systems that will be incorporated into upgraded Sukhoi-30 MKI and will not include any Russian systems.

In the first lot, 84 Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft will be upgraded but the program might take 4-5 years before actual implementation of the upgrade kits will begin on the aircraft.

IAF has given principal approvals for the development of an upscaled Uttam Aesa Fire control radar that will be developed in the next 2 years and will complete developmental trials in another year. Defence PSU HAL is working out a comprehensive upgrade plan that will see all new cockpit layout with new-age touch-based and voice controlled avionics, upgraded Mission computers, Uttam Aesa radar, Digital Fly by Wire, EW suite, and Advanced Self Protection Jamming Pod (ASPJ ).

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