The IAF is now focused on converting all their SU 30 MKI to Super Sukhois ( SU 30 MKI MK3) . The estimated price is $57 million per aircraft . However , there is also a theory that if produced in India the cost will jack up . IAF is not disclosing exactly how much is being paid for the SU 30 MKI purchased from HAL . However , informed sources place it at $51 million ( not to be mistaken with the Knocked Down Units). CAG's estimates taking into account cost over runs place the cost close at $95 million.
How did you come to these big numbers? You said to build the SU-3-MKI in India is $22.5 million, and to upgrade them to the Super Sukoi will cost about $9.0 million.
I don't understand the Math.
Between 1996 and 2006 , there were 5 MoUs signed between India and Russia for the supply of the Su 30 ( and later the SU 30 MKI ) . In an interview to Financial Express in 2001 , the then HAL chairman stated that Indian built Su 30 ( again not the SU 30 MKI ) will cost $22.5 million ( at the then exchange rate between Rupee and US Dollar) . The cost of designing the SU 30 MKI by HAL is close to $51 million . However, according to Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) the actual cost is $95 million .
The upgradation to Super Sukhois ( or SU 30 MKI MK3 ) is a completely different program . The current cost of upgrade (at 2010 prices) is believed to be $ 57 million AND this will not happen in India in the near future .
India no longer flies the SU 30 , as they have all been converted to SU 30 MKI . The SU 30 MKI is a twin engine aircraft. They have always been two seaters. The SU 30 ( Flanker C ) has also been a two seater aircraft.
SU 30 MS ??? Are you referring to the SU 30 SM ?
The SU 34 you can say is a 3in 1 aircraft .
The Su-34 is a unique machine, designed as a bomber to deliver strikes to both ground and naval targets, as a fighter to gain air supremacy and as a reconnaissance aircraft. It has a broad lineup of armaments, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles. The Su-34 is equipped with advanced avionics, a multi-purpose long-range radar unit and an integrated electronic warfare suite. Furthermore, the machine has an in-flight refuelling capability and can carry additional fuel tanks, which increases its range markedly. The new fighter-bomber has certain other distinct features: for instance, it carries precious munitions with in-flight guidance systems capable of hitting subscale targets.the Su-34 is capable of engaging multiple targets at a time, and its excellent aerodynamics, large fuel tanks and highly efficient double-flow engines with digital controls, in-flight refuelling capability and ability to carry additional fuel tanks effectively increase its flight range almost to match that of long-range strategic bombers. In addition, it is planned to enhance the combat strength of the aircraft currently in production by increasing its air-delivered ordnance, which might include a long-range missile.
Compared with American peers, the Su-34 has, on its own, the combined capability of several individual aircraft – the E-111 bomber, the F-15 fighter, the F-15E fighter-bomber and the A-10 strike-fighter. But the most outstanding feature of the new two-seat attack fighter is that, unlike its counterparts, it can remain airborne for up to 10-16 hours, which is essential for a plane supporting mobile forces that can be deployed fast in any part of the country.