India green lights $2.4 bln deal for Russian combat jets

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The Mig-21FL fighter jet that ushered the ‘Supersonic Era’ in Indian Air Force and serve the nation for the last 50 years, undertakes its last ceremonial flight at a ‘Phasing Out Ceremony,’ at Air Force Station, Kalaikunda. west of Calcutta on 11 December 2013. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>India green lights $2.4 bln deal for Russian combat jets

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa03986395 Four Mig-21FL (TYPE 77) fighter jets fly in formation during an air show at Air Force Station, Kalaikunda 200km. west of Calcutta on 11 December 2013. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Four Mig-21FL (TYPE 77) fighter jets fly in formation during an air show at Air Force Station, Kalaikunda 200km. The Mig-21FL fighter jet that ushered the 'Supersonic Era' in Indian Air Force and serve the nation for the last 50 years, undertakes its last ceremonial flight at a 'Phasing Out Ceremony,' at Air Force Station, Kalaikunda.
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India’s government on Thursday green lighted the purchase of 33 Russian fighter jets and upgrades to another 59 planes. Last month, a physical fight broke out between the two sides with soldiers using batons and throwing stones, which resulted in India losing 20 soldiers. Over the last decade, India has also turned to the United States and Israel for high-tech arms transfers. It added that it will cost $2.43 billion. Last month, India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh visited Moscow and urged his hosts to speed up deliveries. The purchase comes as the country’s military is locked in a border stand-off with China. The defence ministry said the purchase of 21 MiG-29 planes and a dozen Su-30 jets, along with the upgrade of 59 other MiG-29s, was aimed at addressing the “long felt need of the Air Force to increase its fighter squadrons”. China and India have blamed each other for the clash.
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