29.11.2004 11:27 MSK (GMT +3)
On Sunday, Nov. 28, the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL) presented the first domestically produced Sukhoi fighter jet to the Indian Air Force. The jet was built using a production license from the Russian Sukhoi Construction Bureau.
The official ceremony for the delivery of the Su-30MKI
— Multifunctional Commercial Indian — jet took place in the Indian city of Nasik, in the state of Maharashtra. In accordance with a bilateral agreement, 140 of the fighter jets will be assembled in India.
Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the chief of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Srinivaspuram Krishnaswamy, and the state leadership took part in the ceremony on the Indian side. From Russia, the co-chairman of the Russian-Indian subgroup for aeronautical construction Valeriy Voskoboynikov, the deputy director-general of Russia’s arms export agency Rosoboroneksport
Viktor Kamardin, the director-general of the Sukhoi corporation Mikhail Pogosyan and the heads of a number of companies took part.