The Indian Air Force (IAF) will upgrade the first lot of Sukhoi-30s and some MiG-29s as part of its ongoing modernisation programme, the air force chief said here Friday.
Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi said that earlier versions of the multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft would be upgraded with the latest avionics and weapons.
"Upgradation is an ongoing process. In addition to the upgraded versions of MiG-21 and Jaguars, next in the line of upgradation will be the earlier versions of Su-30s we got from Russia," Tyagi told IANS.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a function where he received nine refurbished Jaguar jets and the first pilot-less target aircraft Lakshya from Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
The IAF will also begin upgrading the Russian-made MiG-29 fighters along with the Su-30s. "These will be followed by modernisation of Mirages and other fighter aircraft," Tyagi said.
As part of the multibillion-dollar Sukhoi deal, the IAF has received 50 Su-30s in phases from Russia. Another 140 jets will be produced by Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) under license from the Russian firms Rosvoorouzhenie and Irkut Research and Production Corporation.