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Will India’s Air Force Get 40 More Su-30MKI Fighter Jets?
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited offered to build 40 additional Su-30MKI fighters.

By Franz-Stefan Gady
May 18, 2018
     
https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/will-indias-air-force-get-40-more-su-30mki-fighter-jets/
 
Indian state-owned aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has offered to produce 40 additional Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole air superiority fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF), according to local media reports.

Should the proposal be accepted by the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD), the IAF’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKIs would expand from the current 272 fighters to 312, divided up into 16 squadrons. HAL is currently producing the Su-30MKI at a flyaway cost of around USD$62 million per aircraft, while the competing French-made Dassault Rafale multirole fighter per-unit cost comes in at about USD$115 million (USD$85 million per official French documents).

HAL is presently assembling the last 23 Su-30MKI on order from the MoD.

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