MoD Approves 33 New Fighter Jets for IAF in Deals Worth ₹38,900 Cr

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Amid the ongoing Indo-China tensions, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Thursday approved deals worth ₹38,900 Cr. 

This includes the procurement of 21 MiG-29 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF), upgrade of 59 of them and acquirement of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft.

The approvals to the deals came a week after Mr Singh visited Moscow for the Victory Day Parade, where he also held discussions on defence cooperation.

Other deals include Pinaka ammunition, armoured vehicle BMP armament upgrades and Software Defined Radio (SDR) for the Army. 

Long-range land attack missile (LRLAM) systems of over 1000 km range and Astra Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air to air missiles for the Navy and Air Force, all of which will be procured domestically and worth an estimated ₹31,130 crore.

India has in different batches contracted 272 Su-30s from Russia, the majority of which have been licence manufactured by HAL.

Another deal for 83 Light Combat Aircraft MK-1A, estimated to cost ₹38,000 Cr, is expected to be signed in the next two months.

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