India is likely to be the first foreign customer of the multi-purpose fighter Mig 35 as well as the Russian-made Il-112V light transport aircraft.
In the framework of the International Air Show India – Aero India 2021, the Russian aircraft manufacturers and representatives of the Indian military-industrial complex reached an agreement on the signing of a contract for the supply of warplanes. Mig 35 fight.
Specifically, we are talking about very large numbers, up to 110 of the 4.5 generation multi-purpose fighters, taking into account the cost of a combat vehicle that allows professionals to estimate the value of the contract. about more than 5 billion USD.
Mr. Vladimir Drozhzhov – Deputy Director of the Russian Military-Technical Cooperation Department (FSMTC) said: “Moscow and New Delhi have agreed on the joint production of the Mig 35 in case the Russian Federation wins the bid for supply 110 combat aircrafts”.
In addition, Mr. Drozhzhov revealed that a preliminary agreement has been reached with the HAL Group of India. According to him, Rosoboronexport sent the Indian side a detailed technical report of the MiG-35 fighter according to the request for information (RFI).
“India has received all relevant documents and within the framework of the MAKS-2019 Airshow, the Indian pilots on the MiG-35 have taken place”, Russian news agency Interfax posted.
Considering the existing agreements, Russian experts believe that India has made the decision that the MiG-35 fighter will win the bid, as today the fighter has the greatest prospects among the participants. the bidding announced.
Furthermore, the MiG-35 is one of the cheapest fighters, not to mention simplicity in maintenance and high performance, which would be the ideal complement to the MiG-29 squadron of all versions of this country’s air force.
Russian fighter jet Mig 35
|Multi-purpose fighter generation 4.5 MiG-35 manufactured by Russia|
In addition, the Russian press also reported that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has expressed its readiness to begin production of the Russian military transport aircraft Il-112V in case it is chosen by the Indian military.
“Indian partners are showing interest in the Il-112V light transport aircraft. The HAL Group of India is ready to organize production in its own enterprises. India will be the core, “said the FSMTC.
If the contract is signed, the Il-112V will replace the An-32 airlift fleet which appears to be too old for India, especially when their technical status is no longer in good condition.