AIMING TO OPERATE SU-30MKI FLEET TILL MID-2050S, IS THE IAF UPGRADATION PLAN

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This audacious goal is only achievable if there is a significant rise in domestic Su-30MKI programme participation. The IAF aims to accomplish an incredible 78% indigenization of the fighter aircraft through this modification process. As a result, the Su-30MKI will no longer be built on a Russian base but rather will be largely built and maintained in India.

The Su-30MKI fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are prepared for a lengthy flight. A proposed integration and upgrade programme is projected to keep these powerful aircraft in service into the mid-1950s.

This audacious goal is only achievable if there is a significant rise in domestic Su-30MKI programme participation. The IAF aims to accomplish an incredible 78% indigenization of the fighter aircraft through this modification process.

To fulfil the operational aim by 2050, the IAF has assigned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) the duty of researching ways to extend the lifespan of the Su-30MKI fleet. Currently, a single Su-30MKI may operate for about 30 to 40 years with 6,000 flight hours remaining in its service life.

By increasing this by 1,500 hours, the IAF hopes to extend the service life of each aircraft by an additional 10 to 15 years.

An essential part of this life extension plan is collaborating with the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) to develop local modifications for the AL-31F engine, which powers the Su-30MKI.

This is particularly significant because, at the moment, HAL manufactures a substantial 87.7% of the engine’s parts in India. The lifespan of these engines will

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