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The Indian Air Force, operating under the Ministry of Defence, has issued a call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) from Indian firms for the repair, refurbishment, and life extension checks of X-31P air-launched missiles. This initiative falls under the category of ‘Missiles with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Support’ and aims to involve Indian firms through joint ventures (JV) or memoranda of understanding (MoU) with the OEM of the missile. The following paragraphs detail the proposal and its scope.

The primary objective of this initiative is the comprehensive repair, refurbishment, and life extension of life-expired X-31P missiles currently held in various categories. The life extension process will encompass all aspects assigned by the OEM, including but not limited to.

The project encompasses repairs, refurbishment, and life extension checks to ensure the continued operational life of the X-31P missiles. Life extension covers various aspects affecting a missile’s lifespan, including shelf life, service life, operational life, and limitations based on usage factors like landings and system activation cycles.

While the EoI doesn’t disclose specific details about the X-31P missile, it is likely a Russian-origin air-to-air missile used by the IAF on Su-30MKI and MiG-29 fighter jets. Refurbishing these missiles ensures the IAF can continue to leverage this existing capability.

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