IAF plans to buy 33 MiG-29, Sukhoi 30 fighter jets

In a move likely to boost its dwindling fighter squadron strength, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is pushing a proposal for acquiring 33 new combat aircraft including 21 MiG-29s and 12 Sukhoi 30s.

A proposal in this regard by the IAF is likely to be taken up before a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry in the next few weeks, government sources told ANI.

The 12 Su-30 MKIs are being planned to be inducted for replacing the number of aircraft lost by the Air Force in different accidents, they said.

The 12 additional Sukhois will help the Indian Air Force to maintain its fleet of 272 Su-30MKI fighters.
India had placed orders for 272 Su-30 fighter jets over a period of 10-15 years in different batches and senior officers feel that the number of planes acquired so far would be enough for the service’s heavy-weight aircraft requirement.

The 21 MiG 29s that the Indian Air Force is planning to acquire are from Russia which has offered to sell these planes to help the Air Force to meet its requirement of new fighters.
“As per plans, the MiG-29s on offer would be of the latest upgraded MiG-29s which are already in service with the IAF. The radars and other equipment on the planes would also be of the latest standards,” the sources said.

The negotiations for the MiG-29s are at an advanced stage and the IAF is hoping to finalise the deal at the earliest possible, they said.
The Indian Air Force had carried out a study to check if the airframes of the MiG-29s on offer were good enough for it to operate for a long time.
MiG-29s are flown by the Air Force and the pilots are familiar with it but the ones offered by the Russians are different from the ones in the Indian inventory.

The Indian Navy also operates the MiG-29 ‘K’ and is the only operator of this version of the plane and is having a rough experience with the planes which are difficult to maintain and their settings change immediately after they land on the aircraft carrier.

The Air Force has three squadrons of the MiG-29s which have been undergoing upgrades for extended life and are considered to be very good planes in the air defence roles.



A nice decision, but only a measure to save IAF’s squadron strength.
GoI need to fast track mmrca2 or cancel it and go for a GtoG deal for any bird of IAF’s choice.
With growing chi-pork nexus and Chinese advancement in new gen tech, IAF will lose technological advantage very soon.
Start super sukhoi program and do something about mmrca saga.
Because mmrca(any) sucks.


There is speculations that we could just go for 200 rafales which would be a very sane and wise but costly decision. Also it will keep the IAF less complicated against earlier when we had to deal with so many different jets. We already have infra ready for Rafale. Super Sukhoi has started, no worries there. Something needs to be done about the acquisition process. By the time we decide to buy something it becomes obsolete due to our bureaucratic processes.