Air Platforms

IAF to upgrade its Su-30MKI fleet and acquire more such fighters

16 October 2019

The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters by equipping them with advanced avionics, radar, and weapon systems.

“We will upgrade the Su-30MKIs with [modern] radar and weapon capabilities and also tackle their obsolescence management and electronic warfare capabilities,” said Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria during a 4 October press conference, but did not elaborate.

Senior IAF sources told Jane’s on 16 October that an initial 42 of the twin-engined Su-30MKIs are set to be upgraded to what they referred to as “Super Sukhoi” standard, before the retrofit programme is expanded to include greater numbers of the fighter type.

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at

(132 of 550 words)