India unveils massive upgrade plans for its fighter jet fleet to bolster its air defense capabilities.

Last week, the Indian Air Force (IAF) announced a comprehensive upgrade plan for its Su-30MKI fleet.

Valued at over Rs 60,000 crore ($7.5 billion), this ambitious initiative will encompass a wide range of enhancements for the fighter jets, with the exception of their airframes and engines.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) leads this transformation in collaboration with the Indian Air Force and other strategic partners, marking a significant step towards indigenous defense capabilities.

The upgrade program, scheduled to take four to five years for design and development, will ultimately modernize a hundred Su-30MKI aircraft in its initial phase.

Revamping Combat Capabilities

According to a report by The Economic Times, the modernization efforts will primarily focus on upgrading avionics, radars, and electronic warfare systems, delivering a substantial boost to the fighter’s combat capabilities.

Among the reported upgrades are enhancements to the beyond visual range (BVR) capability, electronic warfare suites, and the introduction of a new radar system.