Friday, February 21, 2014

IAF's Su-30 MKI Acquisition Progress

IAF Su-30 MKI 

Acquisition Details

Of the initial 50 aircraft procured, 8 were basic Su-30MKs, 10 Su-30Ks, 10 Su-30MKIs with canards, and the remaining 22 Su-30MKIs with canards and AL-31FP engines, the thrust vectoring version of AL-31 engines fitted on the earlier aircraft.

The first batch of Su-30MKIs were delivered to the IAF in the beginning of 2002.

The AL-31FP engine is 110 kg heavier and 0.4m longer than the AL-31F but retains the same thrust.

HAL had assembled 42 MKIs from the total order of 140 to be assembled by the end of 2012.

As of December 2009, the IAF was operating five Su-30MKI squadrons, with two squadrons flying HAL assembled aircraft.

As of June 2010

HAL had delivered 74 of of the 140 aircraft on order. It delivered 23 Su-30MKI in 2009 and is expected to deliver 28 in 2010.

Three aircraft from the follow-up order for 40 placed on Russia had been delivered by December 7, 2009. Delivery of the remaining is expected to be completed by 2011-12.

A total of two aircraft were lost in crashes on 30 April 2009 and 30 November 2009.

As of March 2011

Out of the total 180 aircraft, 99 aircraft have been delivered till 2010-11.

As of December 2012

In a press release on December 24, 2012, HAL stated that it had delivered 119 aircraft to the IAF till date.

As of February 2014

In a press release on February 21, 2014, HAL stated that it had delivered 134 aircraft to the IAF. HAL manufactures around 43000 components for airframe, 6300 for engine, and 9600 for accessories. HAL makes 72% of the components in India with 100% technology absorption as per the scope defined in the contract.

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