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According to Russian media reports, the Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Military and Technical Cooperation Agency Vladimir Drozhtsov stated on July 9 that, The Indian Air Force will purchase 18 Russian Su-30MKI fighter-bombers. "For the 18 Su-30MKI orders from the Indian Air Force, Russia will earnestly fulfill its commitments, including all technical packages." Drozhtsov told the media.
An Indian Air Force Su-30MKI fighter
In addition, the Indian military Weapon orders generally present an interesting situation of "traveling the family". In addition to buying 18 Su-30MKIs, India also hopes that Russia can modernize more than 20 MiG-29 fighters in service in the Indian Air Force. It also needs to be accepted. More than 450 T-90 tanks have been modernized.
Su-30MKI is the Russian Sukhoi Design Bureau A heavy-duty all-weather multi-purpose two-seater long-range fighter specially developed for India. It is currently the main fighter of the Indian Air Force. The birth of the Su-30 can be said to be inseparable from India. The development of this variant originated in India and Russia in 2000. An agreement was signed for Russia to tailor an improved Su-30 for India, with an initial planned delivery of about 140 fighter jets. The first Su-30MKI entered service in the Indian Air Force in 2002. As of 2017 At the end of the year, the Indian Air Force had approximately 240 Su-30MKI fighters.
Su-30MKI’s propulsion vector engine
Although the Su-30KMI is tailored for India by Russia, In the process of localization, India also integrated India's own system for the Su-30MKI, as well as the subsystems of France and Israel. The Su-30MKI in India even shared many components with the Su-35. The "gorgeous transition" from Su-30 to Su-30MKI really makes the Indian version of MKIThere are big differences, such as thrust vector engines, passive electronically scanned array radars, etc. For this reason, the German Industrial Research magazine praised the Su-30MKI in a special column and rated it as the world’s strongest warfare. Bomber.
A Su-30MKI fighter of the Indian Air Force is about to take off
The so-called war bomber is a kind ofA fighter that integrates the functions of a fighter jet and a bomber has the ability to fight air, sea, and land at the same time, which is greatly related to the performance of the fighter itself. From a lot of data, the Su-30MKI is a very good fighter.
Specifically, the Su-30MKI is highly integrated. The fuselage is made of titanium and high-strength aluminum alloy. The intake slope of the engine and the engine compartment are equipped with fairings. Provide a continuous streamlined profile between the beams. The Su-30MKI has good overall aerodynamics. The aerodynamic configuration is a longitudinal triangular surface with high stability. Coupled with the vector propulsion device, the Su-30MKI has excellent maneuverability. On the engine, Su-30MKI uses two Lyulka-Saturn AL-31FP turbofan engines to provide power. The flight speed can reach Mach 2 and the rated thrust of each engineIt is 12500kgf.
The most notable feature of Su-30MKI is its canard and vector nozzleem>
As for the weapons, the Su-30MKI can use K-100 air-to-air missiles, AA-12, Astra missiles, R-27 series and so on. Various options for land, including Kh-59, SS-N-25 "Switchblade", etc., India is also trying to bring the "Brahmos" missile jointly developed by the country and Russia and the Israeli "Spice-2000" missile to the Su-30MKI.
Indian Astra air-to-air missile test fired on Su-30MKI
So even though India has been purchasing Su-30MKI for many yearsThe Su-30MKI has also served in the Indian Air Force for nearly 20 years. However, due to the powerful performance of the Su-30MKI, India will continue to maintain the posture of buying the Su-30MKI in the future. India and Russia have also signed a memorandum of understanding. The fighter can be manufactured locally using domestic materials.