Russiαn Believes MiG-29UPG Will gives India an edge over China
India’s decision to buy more than 20 MiG-29 fighters from Russiα and upgrade another 59 brings it to parity in the confrontation with China. About this FBA “Economy Today” said Major General, Honored Military Pilot of the Russiαn Federation, candidate of technical sciences Vladimir Popov.
India purchases a large batch of MiG-29 from Russiα and modernizes existing machines
The Indian Ministry of Defense approved the acquisition of 21 MiG-29 fighters from Russiα, as well as the modernization of 59 such aircraft already in service with the country’s air force. In total, New Delhi is ready to spend about $ 980 million on these operations. In addition, the Indian Air Force will also purchase an additional 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft, which are produced by the Indian aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd under a Russiαn license, for $ 1.35 billion. The decision was approved by the head Indian wαr Department Rajnath Singh.
These strategic plans were discussed amid a worsening relationship between India and China. On the night of June 15-16, in the area of the Galvan river in the Union territory of Ladakh on the border of India and China, clashes between the Indian and Chinese military occurred. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 76 injured. The Indian side also claims that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed and wounded in the clashes.
“India in recent years has pretended to“ rush around ”between buying fighters from France, the USA and Russiα, Popov notes. This was done in order to get the maximum discounts on military equipment from Moscow. The Russiαn Defense Ministry and Rosoboronexport understood that It is about large contracts and were ready for the most favorable terms, but they refused to sell at a loss for obvious reasons, New Delhi pretended to be ready to play this game forever.
But the border aggravation with China dramatically changed the situation for India – it came to the realization that it was necessary to quickly and qualitatively increase the potential of the air forces. Russiαn planes are ideally suited for this – first of all, in terms of price-quality ratio. Indians have been buying Russiαn weαpσns since the 1970s and are always satisfied with them – there have never been complaints or complaints. And now New Delhi is betting on them in the confrontation with Beijing.
The MiG-29 is a fourth-generation multi-purpose light front-line fighter; Fulcrum is called the fulcrum in NATO codification. The aircraft was modernized several times, significantly increasing flight and combat characteristics. The machine has proven itself in conflicts around the world; it is still actively purchased by both CIS countries and non-CIS countries. The fighter strikes with missiles of various types, unguided bombs or a 30-mm double-barreled gun.
The Air Force of India is in fourth place after the United States, Russiα and China. In addition to the Russiαn MiG-29 and Su-37MKI, they have dozens of French fighter-bombers Mirage 2000 and Rafale, 16 own HAL Tejas and several British HAL Jaguars. But the main fleet is still made up of Russiαn cars, including the aging MiG-21 and MiG-27.
“In fact, India can indeed abandon Russiαn fighters in favor of the US, which stubbornly impose on it, but understands the short-sightedness of this step. After almost half a century, the country has been dealing with Russiαn aircraft, which pilots are trained to work on, servicing and engineering personnel. The new fleet will require huge the cost of retraining hundreds of specialists, the supply of spare parts, while US prices are much higher than Russiαn prices.
Another nuance is the unification of weαpσns. Russiα now offers a wide range of modern air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles – both guided and uncontrolled. In addition, for export, the Russiαn defense industry supplies partners with freely falling bombs with a high degree of trajectory adjustment. All these shells are much more attractive in price than their American counterparts, “Popov emphasizes.
Russiαn quality against the “homemade” China
India and China, according to military analysts, entered the arms race, seeking to achieve parity in the confrontation. However, China at one time bought several Su-27 and MiG-29 aircraft, and built copies of them – J-11 and FC-1. Experts note that these “homemade products” are in many ways inferior to the originals – both in flight qualities, and in maneuvering, attack. Especially the failure is palpable in the nomenclature of the missile weαpσns used – the Chinese possesses extremely dubious characteristics.
Sino-Pakistani FC-1 in quality and characteristics are significantly inferior to Russiαn fighters
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called Russiαn military aircraft “the guarantee that no one even dares to dare to attack Russiα.” Even the United States and NATO leadership note the high combat qualities of Russiαn cars. And they recognize the effectiveness of the defense policy of Sergei Shoigu, who is consistently re-equipping the country’s aerospace forces with modern aircraft and weαpσns. The National Interest included the MiG-29 in the top 5 military aircraft, which are the main threats to NATO.
“India has relied on the quality of Russiαn fighter jets, and it’s clearly not failing, because the original MiG-29s have much higher combat potential than the Chinese counterparts. At the same time, New Delhi is a competent economic move. Russiα does not habitually overstate its weαpσns, but each rupee paid for them will justify itself with reliability and quality in battle.
China relies on quantity – he put his homemade products on the conveyor and stamps them, as they say, in dozens. A total fleet of 80 MiG-29 and 267 Su-30MKIs constitute a serious base of the Indian Air Force. By power this armada can be contrasted with a much larger number of Chinese fighters with Chinese weαpσns. At the same time, Russiα will make good money on their arms race, “concludes Vladimir Popov.