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Not to miss out on the nearly $4-6 billion Super Sukhoi Upgrade Program of the 150 Indian Sukhoi-30MKI fleet, Rosoboronexport sources have confirmed that Russia United Aircraft Corporation has come with its own Super Sukhoi Upgrade Program for India that will bring aircraft at par with the Russian level of “SM2”.

Russian Su-30SM2 fighters are getting upgraded with a host of improvements in avionics, engines and different aerodynamics that the company claims will make it par with any 4.5++ Gen fighter jet with near 5th gen performance.

Russia has proposed swapping AL-31FP engines with AL-41F1 turbofans that generate 16 per cent more thrust and are equipped with a swivel nozzle against the previous two-dimensional nozzle which improves the super manoeuvrability of the aircraft.

N011M Bars on board MKI will be replaced by the Irbis-E hybrid passive electronically scanned array radar system developed by Tikhomirov NIIP but Russia is also ready to offer an export variant of the N036 Belka active electronically scanned array radar system developed by Tikhomirov NIIP for the fifth generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter aircraft.

A new optical-electronic sighting navigation system with improved performance characteristics along with a new set of electronic countermeasures (ECCM) and multi-channel communication and data transmission system is also on offer including a new cockpit layout with two 38 cm (15 in) main multi-functional LCDs.

India’s State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has come up with its own Super Sukhoi Upgrade Program largely involving a locally made AESA system developed by LRDE, HAL proposed a new cockpit layout, upgraded Avionics set for which HAL is keen to get United Aircraft Corporation onboard the program to act as a consultant on the instance of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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