Russia is deeply committed to India to promote its warplanes. The Aero India 2021 Aerospace Show in Bangalore, February 3-5, will be the setting in which the Russian defense industry, organized around Rosoboronexport, will reassess the capabilities of the fifth generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter aircraft, the Sukhoi Su-35 multi-purpose fighter with high maneuverability and the tactical multi-purpose two-seater MiG-35D from Mikoyan.
Recall that Russia and India have important military cooperation relations and that the Indian Air Force is one of the main customers of Russian-made combat aircraft, which is why Russian companies have a significant presence. In recent years, however, India withdrew from the Su-57-based fifth generation fighter program and the MiG-35 was excluded from the selection process for the MRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) multi-purpose fighter-bomber.
However, in January last year, the Indian Ministry of Defense confirmed a possible purchase of 33 fighters, 21 MiG-29s and 12 Su-30s via Rosoboronexport from Russia. These aircraft are currently in stock and the former is being upgraded to the UPG version and the latter to the MKI at HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) plants in Hyderabad. The contract amount could exceed $ 1,000 million. With tensions between India and China, the fifth generation aircraft program could be revived, with the Su-57 as the cornerstone.
Until the arrival of the Mig-41, the Su-57 is the most advanced combat aircraft in Russia. Formerly known as PAK FA and baptized Felon by NATO, it is the first fifth generation fighter aircraft designed and manufactured in Russia. It was flown for the first time on January 29, 2010 and combines high maneuverability with the ability to perform supersonic flights. It has the latest technology and a low radar signature. Russia signed a contract to manufacture 76 of these aircraft, which will be ready by 2028. However, the first production aircraft crashed in December 2019. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photos: The impressive MiG-35D (Rosoboronexport)
MiG-35D (Rosoborone export)
Su-35 (Rosoborone export)
Su-57E (Rosoborone export)
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