IAF’s Fighter Fleet in Limbo But Defence Sector Will Up The Ammo Game

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The Russo-Ukraine War has rattled the global economy and the ripples are still being felt. Its repercussions have not spared India, including its defence sector. Amidst the war, the Indian Air Force’s plans to upgrade the fleet of its Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft have been put off for now. While the ongoing conflict is to blame, the current policy of Make-in-India of the Indian government has also impeded the upgrade of the fleet.

Warplane Woes

IAF had planned to equip 85 of its Su-30 aircraft with more powerful radars and the latest electronic warfare capabilities as per the latest standards. 

However, the ongoing conflict in Russia and Ukraine has resulted in supply delays for the fighter aircraft’s spares. 

What now?

More Made-in-India spare parts will be added to the planes as per the government’s policy to encourage Indian defence products over imports.

The upgrade deal – in collaboration with the Russians and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) – was worth over Rs 20,000 Cr. The deal for the 12 most advanced Su-30MKI aircraft would also be delayed slightly.

Explore Safer Pastures For Nukes

In another, India’s business and defence delegates are headed to Brazil with an agenda to explore a JV for the production of defence weapons and platforms. Sanjay Jaju, Additional Secretary (Defence Production), Ministry of Defence will lead the expedition. 

Representatives from 10-12 companies including the public and private sector as well as start-ups from the defence sector will also be part of the delegation. 

Too long? Here’s a one-liner: IAF’s plans to upgrade Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft fleet have been put on hold; Indian delegation to visit Brazil to explore JV for production of weapons.

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