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

16 October 2019
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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.

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