Khibiny-M EW system wingtip Version

Amid Hectic price negotiation currently underway by HAL with Russia’s state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport for the procurement of 12 Su-30MKI for the Indian Air Force (IAF) after the old price couldn’t be agreed upon due to variations in some of the systems, including inflation adjustments that has been proposed in the last batch of the Su-30MKI that IAF plans to procure to supplement nine that were lost in crashes over the years.

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had manufactured the last two Su-30MKIs of the 272 aircraft contracted from Russia earlier this year and the deal for procurement of additional 12 Su-30MKIs is presently pending before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) due to a higher quote given for the supply kits of the Su-30MKI from the OEM said informed officials to the

Out of 12 planned for the IAF, at least two will be used a Flying Test Bed (FTB) for the proposed ” Super Sukhoi” Upgrade program under which HAL plans to equip it with the latest Touch-based Multi-function displays, DR118 a new generation Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), upgraded navigation equipment, Uttam AESA Fire control Radar (FCR), Aircraft Self Protection Jammers (ASPJ), Infrared search and track technology (IRST) system developed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for which Russian OEM assistance has been requested. Russia also has been offering its Su-30SM Block-II upgrade kit that includes new AL-41F engines.

Russia in the latest round of talks has offered India its Khibiny-U Electronic Warfare (EW) system that is an under-fuselage-mounted unit to provide cover for an air grouping against enemy radars and space-based assets. Russia claims that Khibiny-U boosts EW capabilities against high-technology adversaries and effectively transforms the platform into an EW aircraft operating in support of a fighter group. Khibiny-U protects small air groups from enemy radars and air defense, meaning virtual stealth cover for these groupings against potential adversaries.

Russian SAP-518 jammer pods are mounted on the wing-tips of the Su-30MKI but due to their weight, they reduce the aircraft’s ammunition payloads but Khibiny-U won’t replace SAP-518 instead it can be used as standalone on each aircraft or one aircraft in the group as an EW asset that can be used as cover for the others in the group.

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