33 new Fighter Jets added to Indian Airforce
On Thursday, Defence Ministry approved to acquire 33 new Fighter Jets inckuding 12 Su-30MKIs and 21 MiG-29s at a cost of Rs 18,148 crore.
This decision came in the wake of high tension along the LAC in Ladakh where violent face off took place.
While the MiG 29 procurement and upgradation from Russia is estimated to cost Rs 7418 cr, the Su-30 MKI are going to be procured from HAL at an estimated cost of Rs 10730 cr.
The decision comes within the wake of high tension along the road of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh where Indian and Chinese troops are during a standoff position for several weeks now.
The DAC also approved acquisitions of varied platforms and equipment required by the Indian soldiers for an approximate cost of Rs 38,900 cr.
It also cleared the acquisition of 248 Astra Beyond visibility air-to-air missiles for the Indian Air Force and therefore the Navy. Design and development of a replacement 1,000 kilometres strike range Land Attack aircraft by the DRDO has also been cleared,
“Acquisition of new/additional missile systems will increase the hearth power of three Services. While acquisition of Pinaka missile systems will enable raising additional regiments over and above those already inducted, addition of Long Range Land Attack Missile Systems having a target range of 1000 Km to the prevailing arsenal will bolster the attack capabilities of the Navy and therefore the Air Force. Similarly induction of Astra Missiles having Beyond visibility capability will function a force multiplier and immensely increase the strike capability of Navy and Air Force,” the statement said.