The first flight of the Su-27 fighter prototype, created by the Sukhoi Experimental Design Bureau, which launched the renowned Su-27/Su-30 fighter jet family, occurred 45 years ago. The head of Rosoboronexport noted that the company is prepared to provide additional fully knocked-down kits for the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets assembly and to collaborate on their modernization, including the integration of cutting-edge air weapons, avionics, etc., within the framework of the Make in India programme.
One of the most prominent foreign users of Su-30 fighters, according to Rosoboronexport is India, where the programme for licenced manufacturing of the Su-30MKI aircraft, which form the backbone of the nation’s air force, has been successfully implemented.
12 more Sukhoi-30MKI Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Kits for the Indian Air Force were being discussed by Rosoboronexport and India’s HAL in order to replace the 10 Sukhoi-30MKI that had been lost in the last 20 years since entering service with the Indian Air Force. Russia and India were also in discussions about equipping close to 150 aircraft with the newest AESA Fire Control Radar and next-generation avionics, but it now appears that HAL will be in charge of upgrading the Uttam AESA radar that was developed by the Electronics & Radar Development Establishment to be used with both the Sukhoi-30 and MiG-29 fleet in the Indian Air Force.