As the standoff with China on LAC has been boiling the Indian Airforce (IAF) is seeking to urgently procure 21 additional MiG 29 fighter jets. As per reports from Livemint India is to fast track the purchase of an additional 21 MiG 29 fighter jets and 12 Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft.
The aircraft would be bought for an approximate cost estimated to be ₹6,000 crores in a government-to-government deal with Russia. The proposal was in pipeline for years but is now looking to be fast-tracked. The procurement would add to the Airforce’s depleting squadron strength. This order of 33 fighter jets is the first after the 2017 order of Rafale. Sukhoi which is the backbone of IAF’s air defense would add to the combat capabilities of the forces.
Its procurement has been fast-tracked at a time when India is looking to face two front tensions on the border with Pakistan at LoC and China at LAC. Air Force is also likely to place an order for 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft Mk 1A this year with HAL. The order to HAL would be the biggest make in India project of it’s kind.