HAL offers 40 more Sukhois
- May 18, 2018
The Indian defense contractor Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has voiced its interest to produce 40 more Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets. The HAL manufactured Sukhoi makes up the backbone of India’s Air Force. If the defence ministry accepts HAL’s proposal, the inventory of the Russian fighter would be enhanced from the planned 272 to 312.
The multi-role aircraft will be built at a price of $62.52m, which is reported to be about one-third of the cost of the Rafale fighter jet.
HAL Chairman T Suvarna Raju said: “We will offer a very competitive price. Since 2010, we have been delivering the Su-30 at Rs 4.25 billion. We can deliver another three squadrons at that same price.” So, the IAF will pay Rs 170 billion for 40 additional Su-30s.
However, that would involve buying the fighters in ready-to-assemble kits from Russia and putting them together in Nashik. “HAL has already absorbed the technology for building and supporting the Su-30s. Now, the aim is to build those three new squadrons as quickly, and as cheaply, as possible,” said Raju.
Developed by Russia’s Sukhoi, the Su-30 MKI multi-role combat fighter aircraft may be integrated with the air-launched version of BrahMos medium-range supersonic cruise missiles.
“We are required to modify 40-odd Su-30s to carry the BrahMos ALCM. Instead of upgrading older fighters, with a shorter residual lifespan, it would be better to build three more squadrons of Sukhois with the capability to carry BrahMos missiles,” said Raju.