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India should look to next generation MIG-35 and SU-57 fighters to counter China in the air 2020

India should look to next generation MIG-35 and SU-57 fighters to counter China :

Mikoyan MiG-35 :

DescriptionThe Mikoyan MiG-35 is a Russian multirole fighter that is designed by Mikoyan, a division of the United Aircraft Corporation. Marketed as a 4++ generation jet fighter, it is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB fighters.


Top speed: 2,100 km/h
Range: 2,000 km
Length: 17 m
Weight: 11,000 kg
Unit cost: US$50 million
Engine types: Turbofan, Klimov RD-33

Sukhoi Su-57:

The Sukhoi Su-57 is a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation jet fighter being developed since 2002 for air superiority and attack operations. The aircraft is the product of the PAK FA, a fifth-generation fighter programme of the Russian Air Force. Sukhoi's internal name for the aircraft is T-50.


Top speed: 2,440 km/h
Range: 5,500 km
Length: 22 m
Program cost: US$8–10 billion (2009 est.)
Unit cost: 50,000,000–100,000,000 USD
Engine type: Turbofan

Shortly following clashes with Chinese forces in the Galwan Valley area, the Indian Defence Ministry announced plans on June 18th for emergency purchases of 12 Su-30MKI and 21 MiG-29 twin engine multirole fighters from Russia. Russia will reportedly be able to deliver these aircraft within a period of a few months.

For India to more effectively shift the balance of power in its favour, it will need to make more substantial enhancements to the quality of its frontline fighter units. This will take more time, effort and expense than expanding the MiG-29 and Su-30 fleets, but could in the long term prove more cost effective. The most likely change in the near term, one in which the Air Force has shown considerable interest in pursuing, would be to purchase MiG-35 ‘4++ generation’ medium fighters as a successor to the MiG-29.

Defence Ministry has continued to show interest in the Russian Su-57 heavyweight next generation fighter - although it intends to wait until after the aircraft has seen some years of service in the Russian fleet and possible performance issues are solved before making a purchase. With the aircraft entering mass production in July 2019, the possibility of an Indian acquisition in the not-too distant future remains likely. The Su-57 can provide India’s fleet with parity with China’s new generation of heavyweight fighters, benefitting from a radar cross section reducing profile and large internal storage bays for up to ten air to air missiles.   The Su-57 is particularly outstanding in its strike capabilities, and is the only stealth fighter designed to deploy hypersonic ballistic missiles allowing it to pose a threat to Chinese airfields across the Western Theatre.

finaly, India’s most viable option to seriously counter China in the air will be to look to next generation Russian designs to improve its fleet’s performance.


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