New Delhi : Amid India-China border clash, Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Thursday approved the proposal for procurement of 21 Mig-29 along with upgradation of existing 59 Mig-21 aircraft and procurement of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft from Russia.
According to the official announcement from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) “this approval has been given to increase the IAF fighter squadrons”
The Mig-29 from Russia , including the plans to upgrade the existing fleets of the Mig-29 in service is estimated to cost Rs.7418 Cr. And the Su-30 MKI (which are being manufactured here as per Indian specification) are going to be procured from state owned HAL at an estimated cost Rs.10,730 crore.
The Ministry also cleared the acquisition of 248 Astra Beyond Visual Range air-time-air missiles for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy along with the design and development of new 1,000 KM strike range Land Attack Missile by the DRDO.
The important decision come in the backdrop of ongoing tension with China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Galwan Valley.
Of the 38,900 crore ,acquisitions worth 31,130 crore would be from the Indian Industry. The projects cleared include ammunition for Pinaka Rocket Launchers, BMP combat vehicle upgrades and software-defined radios for the Indian Army.
Though, the approval has been given today, it’s still long way off before the contracts are inked and there deliveries which will take couple of years. The IAF has already both the Mig-29 and a fleet of Su-30 MKI in Service.
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