Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and his counterpart S Jaishankar have laid the groundwork for PM Narendra Modi’s summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin that has been planned for later this year in India and it is expected that two countries will clear pending deal for the purchase of 33 Russian made fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to procure 12 Sukhoi-Su-30MKI that will be supplied in the assembly kit form to be later assembled in Nashik by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Production of 140 Sukhoi-Su-30MKI from Raw material stages is over after HAL handed over the last two Sukhoi-Su-30MKI to IAF earlier this year. HAL and Russia’s Irkut have started formal price negotiation for the deliveries of 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKI assembly kits to India and a deal will likely be concluded when President Vladimir Putin visits India.

Indian Air Force (IAF) also plans to procure 21 Mig-29 Airframes that never went into production, and was later kept in storage for over a decade after the cancellation of one of the export orders. IAF engineers visited the Mig complex in Russia where they are stored and found it in good conditions to be used. Russia will be integrating it will engines, radars, and other systems and making it par with the current upgraded UPG standard fleet of Mig-29UPG in India before they are shipped to India.

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