Indian, Russian firms sign Su-30MKI support agreements

Russian, Indian firms sign support agreements for the Indian Air Force's Su-30MKI combat aircraft.
By Richard Tomkins  |  March 17, 2017 at 12:36 PM
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March 17 (UPI) -- India and Russia signed two long-term support agreements on Friday for the Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft flown by India.

The Hindu Business Line reported the accords are between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation. They were signed on Friday in the presence of Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley and Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov.

Included under the agreements were an upgraded schedule for delivery of spares from Russia for the jets, local manufacturing of parts and a proposed logistics hub for the fighter in Bengaluru, India, by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

Another agreement was also signed to provide lifecycle support and maintenance of major Russian equipment and platforms for Mi-17 helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI was designed and developed for India by Russia's Irkut Corporation. It is manufactured under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

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