As the Indo-China border issue heats up continuously, India is also preparing itself for every situation possible. It has started patrolling with Sukhoi and helicopter Apache on the LAC. Now, as we know that, India cannot trust China on any matter, especially when it comes to the border issue, thus, India is also increasing the weapons.
On, 22nd June, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh went to Russia for a three-day meeting on defence strategic partnership and also to attend a military parade in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War.
Russia, which is our close and old friend, is ready to deliver Sukhoi Su-30 MKI and Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-29 fighter jets to India in the shortest possible timeframe. Indian Air Force plans to order 33 fighter-12 Sukhoi Su-30 and MKIs and 21 Mig-29s from Russia. It is to be noted that, India got the first MiG-29 in 1985 and the modernization will help increase combat capabilities of the MiG-29 fighters to a level comparable to the 4th Generation jets. Now, the Indian Air Force has commissioned its first squadron of Su-30 MKIs armed with the supersonic BrahMos-A cruise missile in January 2020 at Thanjavur Air Force Station.
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The Su-30MKI based at Thanjavur is part of the 222 Squadron ‘Tigersharks’. The first contract to deliver Su-30MKI jets to the IAF was signed on November 30, 1996, in Irkutsk, Russia between Rosvooruzhenie state intermediary company and the Indian defence Ministry. It envisaged the delivery of 32 Su-30s, all of which were produced in 2002-2004.
In the Defence Expo India 2020, it was told by the representative of BrahMos that in two years IAF’s Su-30 MKIs would receive new missiles for use against airborne early warning aircraft.
It is also learned by WION that Post-modernisation MIG-29s will allow integration of Russian and Foreign origin weapons including tracking aerial targets in a wide range of flight speeds and altitude tracking of heat-contrasting air objects and perform “hidden” attacks on them. Satisfied with the performance of the aircraft, the Indian Defence Ministry placed additional orders. In December 2000, both the countries signed a contract for organizing the licensed production of Su-30MKIs was signed as the Sukhois have proved to be a reliable and effective multirole heavy aerial combat platform for the IAF.
As India is increasing its strength and war capabilities, it should be clear to its neighbour that India is second to none in anything and is capable of safeguarding its territories. Although India does not want any war it will not step back when it comes to showing the enemies their place.