India to Urgently buy 21 Mig-29 from Russia

Facing a depleting strength, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is in talks with Russia to buy 21 MiG-29 fighter aircraft that are lying with Moscow since the late 1980s. Indian Air force said – Russians will upgrade the aircraft to the standard that India wants. “The price offered by the Russians is good. Even though it was built at the same time when India bought the earlier MiG-29 squadrons, they have never flown,”

The Russians will upgrade the 21 aircraft to the standard of the upgraded ones here. India currently has only 3 squadrons of MIG-29, MiG-29 is a twin-engine single-seat air superiority fighter aircraft.

The upgraded MIG-29 will have new air-to-air refuelling feature with which it can cover larger distances compared to the previous legacy aircraft, something the IAF is keen on, keeping in mind the possibility of a two-front war scenario. Some latest features includes a glass cockpit with digital screens. Price Per jet will be around 285 cr.

The Squadron strength of fighter jets is decreasing in India, at present India has 30 squadron 1 squadron contains 18 jets. India atleast requires 42 squadrons.

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