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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received a tender for the procurement of 12 Su-30MKI fighters, which will be manufactured in India by HAL in partnership with the Russian original equipment manufacturers. The 12 Su-30MKI fighters will be procured as CKD kits from Russia, with only the fuselages being manufactured in India. HAL plans to equip these fighters with the “Super 30” upgrade package, which will see major changes to the aircraft internals, including 51 major changes in the equipment and components.

The “Super 30” upgrade package will include new mission computers, a Uttam AESA radar, and full upgrades to the cockpit instrumentation, including touch-based LCD screens. The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) have already cleared the upgrade of 84 older Su-30MKI fighters with the “Super 30” upgrade package in the first phase of upgrades.

Two Su-30MKI fighters will be used as testbed aircraft to test most of the “Super 30” upgrade package before incorporating the upgrades into the 12 newly built Su-30MKIs.

The procurement of these 12 Su-30MKI fighters is a significant step forward for the IAF, as it will help to modernize the fleet and enhance its capabilities. The “Super 30” upgrade package will make the Su-30MKI fighters more stealthy, more maneuverable, and more capable of conducting a wider range of missions.

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