State-owned Russian aerospace conglomerate United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has claimed that talks with India on the upgradation of the Sukhoi-30MKI fleet will be held soon including the sale of additional 12 Sukhoi-30MKI jets that IAF was planning to procure from HAL supplied in CKD kit from Russia.

UAC Chief Yuri Slusar also claimed that talks with India on procurement of 21 Mig-29 are still on even though Indian media reports had claimed that talks have been suspended and IAF has dropped plans to procure additional Mig-29s and instead has announced plans to retire the entire Mig-29 fleet from 2027 onwards.

Russia is looking at Indian Companies to supply some of the non-western avionics and systems for its commercial aircraft like the Sukhoi Superjet and MC-21 after facing sanctions from western countries.

Slusar also confirmed that Mig-35 will be offered to India under IAF’s MRFA tender for 114 jets with 60% of Transfer of Technology (TOT) of the aircraft so that it can be made in India.

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