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India buys dozens of Russian fighters amid tensions with China

India buys dozens of Russian fighters amid tensions with China

India will buy dozens of fighters including MiG-29 and Sukhoi aircraft in a contract signed with Russia with a total value estimated at about US $ 7 billion.

According to India's ANI news agency, the country is quickly considering buying an additional 21 MiG 29 fighters and 12 Shukhoi Su-30 fighters from Russia amid rising tensions between India and China. 

Earlier, the Indian Air Force had hinted at planning to buy more fighters through the speech of Indian Air Force Commander General Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhaduria in October last year. 

The Indian Air Force has also proposed buying all fighter-related equipment in a clear effort to avoid problems related to future shortage of aircraft parts.

The proposal is expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Defense for approval next week. 

12 fighter Su-30MKI will be firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bangalore production while 21 units will be manufactured MiG29 in Russia. 

The Sukhoi Su-30 MKI is a variant of the Sukhoi Su-30, jointly developed by the Russian Sukhoi Group and the Indian HAL for the Indian Air Force. Su-30MKI is a heavy attack fighter, air-superior, versatile, long-range. 

Capable of carrying nuclear weapons and homemade Indian weapons, the fighter is also associated with various Indian systems.

The MiG-29, meanwhile, is a fourth generation fighter, capable of destroying guided missiles, using the firepower of artillery mounted outside the aircraft to destroy all types of aerial targets in time conditions. Normal and difficult conditions in the air and on the ground even when jammed. 

This type of aircraft can also destroy land targets by unmanned vehicles under conditions of limited visibility.

The proposal to buy more Indian fighters and fighters came after the clash of Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley, killing 20 Indian soldiers and about 43 Chinese soldiers. The Chinese side did not publish data on casualties. 

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