SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is planning to offer Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) to all Su-30MKI/MKM, MKA, and SM operators as Russian OEM continues to face economic sanctions as operators of the fleet struggle to pay off the supply of spares and equipment due to lack of open banking channels.
HAL will seek Russian permission to take over as OEM role in providing overhauls and other facilities to existing customers of Su-30s that are largely built on baseline Su-30MKI that is operated by India. Many of the current operators do not have the facility to carry out major overhauls or mandated checks by the OEMs locally that have to be sent to Russia.
India plans to replace many Russian-origin equipment and systems with locally-made substitutes to ease any blockade of spares. India is also planning to carry out major upgrades to the entire fleet of Su-30 aircraft for which it has prepared an indigenous upgrade package that will include AESA Fire control Radar, a Full Digital Cockpit, EW suites, etc for which it still requires final approval from Russian OEMs.
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