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|Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2023 10:13 am Post subject: Indian Air Force to get 12 HAL built Su-30 MKIs
Centre clears proposal to buy 12 Su-30 MKI fighter jets
September 16, 2023
THE DEFENCE Acquisition Council (DAC) Friday cleared proposals worth Rs 45,000 crore to acquire 12 Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft and indigenous Dhruvastra short range air-to-surface missile for the Indian Air Force among nine platforms and weapon systems for the armed forces.
A statement released by the defence ministry said that the DAC has granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to procure 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft with associated equipment from the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
A Russian-origin fighter jet, the Su-30 MKI jets have had a good flight safety record. The IAF had inducted 272 of these jets since 1998. Around 10 Su-30s have crashed since 2010.
Officials told The Indian Express that once procured and inducted, the IAF’s Su-30 fleet will be back to the planned levels by replacing the aircraft lost over the years in training.
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