Russia has sent a commercial offer to India for the delivery of 21 MiG-29 fighters in response to a request for proposal from the Indian side, according to a spokesperson for Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) who told Russian media at the MAKS-2021 show on Wednesday.
“The Indian Air Force Staff has sent a tender inquiry for the delivery of 21 planes in 2021. The Russian side has delivered its commercial offer to the Indian partners, and the customer is now examining it,” the spokesperson said.
The Times of India reported in January that India planned to purchase 21 MiG-29 light fighters and 12 Su-30MKI fighter aircraft from Russia. The purchase of the batch of MiG-29 fighters would boost the number of these aircraft in the Indian Air Force to 59. The purchase of Su-30MKI combat planes would increase the number of these aircraft in the Indian Air Force to 284, the paper said.
India signed a deal for 21 of these jets, along with 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKIs by the end of this year. This will be the first Indian purchase of new MiGs in 30 years!
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