Russian fighters bypassed American F-21 in Indian tender

The Indian Air Force intends to purchase 21 MiG-29 and 12 Su-30MKI fighters from Russia. The Eurasian Times writes about the desire of the Indians to acquire Russian military aircraft instead of the American ones.

Lockheed Martin planned to produce the F-21 specifically for the Indian market. But the Defense Procurement Council, chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the acquisition of 21 MiG-29s, along with the modernization of 59 existing MiG-29s, as well as the purchase of 12 Su-30MKI fighters.

Representatives of the Indian Ministry of Defense said that the purchase and modernization of the MiG-29 in Russia will cost $ 991 million, and the Su-30MKI will be purchased from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at an estimated cost of $ 1,43 billion.

New Delhi and Moscow have been negotiating the purchase of the MiG-29 and Su-30MKI aircraft since 2019, when an Indian Air Force (IAF) delegation visited a Russian facility to inspect the MiG-29 fighters and then submitted a positive report to the IAF headquarters.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 18 January 2021 16: 26
    Changing horses on the crossing is a bad thing. Infrastructure, technical personnel, pilots are tailored for Russian, French (Mirages and Rafali) and British (Jaguars) planes, buying American planes in such a situation means turning everything upside down.
  2. Michael I Offline Michael I
    Michael I (Michael I) 18 January 2021 16: 30
    This contract has nothing to do with the purchase of 115 single-engine fighters, in which the MiG-35, by the way, participates. These are planes that are bought in addition to replace the ditched and old Migs that are retiring. That contract is still in force
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 18 January 2021 16: 35
    Awesome video! And how can one abandon the MiG-29 after that?

    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 18 January 2021 17: 16
      this is when the correct spacer is between the steering wheel and the seat. the Indians are not threatened yet.
    2. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 18 January 2021 17: 28
      Awesome video! And how can one abandon the MiG-29 after that?

      Do you know that these are models? Well, I do, just in case ...
      1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 18 January 2021 18: 27
        Vitaly Robertus, RusJet, Kubinka flies on this. Four-time world champion in the F3C class. It's a pity there are no pilots in the frame, the second, I think, is Lapshov ...
        1. 123 Offline 123
          123 (123) 18 January 2021 18: 43
          Unfortunately not aware of the details, but it looks amazing good

        2. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
          Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 19 January 2021 18: 39
          To see the pilots you need to look through a microscope. For aviation experts, what you are looking at is an aircraft model and has no sideways to real aircraft!
    3. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
      Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 19 January 2021 18: 35
      Well, the models of any other "letakov" would have looked the same. What does the MiG-29 have to do with it?
  4. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 18 January 2021 19: 54
    This is not a bad thing, otherwise the state is tired of compensating the VKP RF for hundreds of billions of losses.
  5. Japan Offline Japan
    Japan 19 January 2021 13: 22
    They can change their minds and replay 10 times more. This is politics! But to believe fanatically that Russian aircraft are better than others - complete nonsense!
  6. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
    Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 19 January 2021 18: 51
    Russia, although I doubt that they are produced in Russia, although a dozen may be able to rivet, but why would India need 991 million dollars?