India, Russia sign long-term support pact on Sukhoi Su-30MKI

India and Russia have signed two long-term support agreements for the Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft fleet, which is the mainstay of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Bangalore-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) with United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation also signed an agreement for maintenance of other Russian-origin platforms, such as Mi-17 helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.

This step will ensure quality production under ‘Make in India’ initiative which is aimed at making India self-reliant especially in the field of the manufacturing sector.

Takeaways from above news:

  • Headquarter of HAL is in Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Name of the Combat aircraft is Sukhoi Su-30MKI
  • Sukhoi Su-30MKI is developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation and licensed by HAL
  • Make in India initiative was launched on 25 September 2014
Source- Business Standard

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