For India, Russia is ready to replace Rafale with Su-30MKI – Rosoboronexport

In this interview with RIA Novosti, Sergey Goreslavsky, head of the Rosoboronexport delegation at the Aero India-2015 being held in Bengaluru, speaks about important issues in the field of military-technical cooperation with India and expressed confidence that Russia is ready to supply India additional Su-30MKI fighters in case the Rafale deal does not go through. Is it possible that India, instead of the French Rafale fighters, will purchase from Russia Su-30MKI, which the Indian Air Force has been successfully using these past years? Has the contract, signed in 2012 to supply Su-30MKI fighter jets, been fulfilled?This is a question for India’s Ministry of Defence. If additional Su-30MKI fighters are needed, then we are ready to work on developing such an agreement. For this, we need to have a request from the Indian side. As for the execution of the current contract on the supply of equipment for licenced aircraft assembly, everything is being carried out strictly in accordance with the agreed schedule (41 complexes already delivered under this contract). To date, the HAL Company has produced and handed over to the Indian Air Force 14 aircraft. And in 2015, the military will receive four more planes.

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