New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is working to upgrade its fleet of Sukohi-30 MKI fighters with indigenous weapon systems and radar named Virupaaksha.
Sources told Defence Watch, “We are planning to upgrade the Sukohi-30MKI fighter fleet with a lot of Indian equipment and weapon systems. One of the most important parts of the upgraded plane would be the indigenous Virupaaksha radar which will enhance the capability of the jets.”
The IAF currently operates a fleet of more than 250 Sukohi-30MKI fighters.
The Virupaaksha radar is being developed indigenously, keeping in view the requirements of IAF in different sectors and would be the most advanced one among all the Sukohi-30 variants being flown around the globe, the government sources said.
The Indian Air Force has been working on a mission mode to indigenise the equipment in its inventory and looking to buy equipment from Indian firms worth over Rs three lakh crore in the near future, the government sources added.