So $1 billion for 21 stored MiG-29s with UPG upgrade kits plus EW upgrades to the existing 59 MiG-29UPG fighters to bring the entire fleet to the same level.NEW DELHI: India is now formally moving ahead to procure 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30MKI fighters from Russia, along with upgrades of their existing fleets, after the Cabinet Committee on Security approved the production of 83 indigenous Tejas jets last week.
For starters, the RFP (request for proposal) for the 21 MiG-29 fighters, whose bare airframes are lying in a mothballed condition in Russia since the later-1980s, will soon be issued to Russian state-run defence export arm Rosoboronexport, said defence sources on Sunday.
The acquisition of these MiG-29s at “relatively lower prices” will add to 59 such jets already with IAF. The 12 Sukhoi-30MKIs, in turn, will add to the 272 such jets already contracted from Russia for about $15 billion, with the bulk of them being licensed produced by Hindustan Aeronautics. IAF has so far inducted 268 of the original 272 Sukhois, with at least nine of them being lost in crashes over the years.
The defence ministry in July last year gave the initial nod for the acquisition of the 21 MiG-29s with the latest avionics and electronic warfare suites, and further upgrade of the 59 existing jets to “ensure commonality across the fleet”, at a cost of Rs 7,418 crore.
And the files for the procurement of 21 MiG-29s to be upgraded to MiG-29UPG standard and an additional 12 Su-30MKIs to be built by HAL, are also moving forward.
After Tejas, India moves ahead to procure more MiG-29s, Su-30MKIs
So $1 billion for 21 stored MiG-29s with UPG upgrade kits plus EW upgrades to the existing 59 MiG-29UPG fighters to bring the entire fleet to the same level.