India Buys 1000 R-27 Air-launched Missiles

Russia has inked a deal with India on the delivery of about 1,000 air-launched missiles, the press office of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told TASS on Tuesday.

R-27 (AA-10 Alamo) is a guided medium range, air-to-air missile manufactured by Russian firm Vympel and Ukrainian firm Artem.

“Indeed, quite large contracts on air-launched missiles were signed some time ago. They stipulate the delivery of about 1,000 missiles of various designation to India,” the federal agency said.

A MiG-29 launching R-27 missile.

ANI news agency reported on Monday citing sources that India and Russia had signed an agreement on the delivery of a batch of R-27 air-to-air missiles for the Indian Air Force.

“A contract was signed with Russia on the delivery of R-27 air-to-air missiles for Su-30MKI fighter jets in the Indian Air Force,” the news agency quoted a source as saying.

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a $250 million contract for R-27 missiles in March 2012. The first batch of missiles was delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in August 2013.

India signed a $218 million contract to purchase air-to-air R-27 missiles from Russia in July 2019. The R-27 missiles will be fitted on to the Indian Air Force’s Su-30MKI fighter jets.

The recent contract worth $200 million. The purchased missiles have an extended range and will allow fighter jets to strike enemy aircraft at large distances, the agency stated.

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