dinesh_kimar wrote:I have recently read that these Mig 29 planes are "sparingly used". Apparently, they were bought by Algeria a few years back, then rejected and returned to the Russians due to structural damage in the air frames. The Russians then made a deal to replace these Planes with Sukhoi 30 aircraft and took back the aircraft.
If this is the case, I think we are better off buying 12+ 21 MKI.
Hell, just make a deal for 270 more MKI, to replace old Mig 21 and Mig 27 squadrons?
We can push up localisation to 75-80%, and better / cheaper than Mig 29 with Russian upgrade kits.
I believe from reading BRF that Su-30MKI is more capable and versatile than Mig 29.
Incorrect. There was no "structural damage". The Algerians were miffed that many parts on the supposedly new build MiG-29SMTs were actually built in the early 1990s and re-used on them. Back in the 1990s, prior to the Soviet collapse, MiG-29 production was in full swing.
So they demanded that the Russians take those MiG-29SMTs back and the Russians did so. Those SMTs will truly have a lot of life left in them and as such, will be in pretty good condition. Their vintage is newer than the IAF MiG-29s that were upgraded to the UPG standard.
We have more than adequate numbers of MKIs. Adding 21 MiG-29UPGs makes sense given the delivery timeframe, cost and the fact that the UPG is considered pretty darn good in the IAF. We should see them serving on for another 15 years easily.