India has signed a contract for the purchase of 1,000 air-to-air guided missiles in Russia
As reported on July 30, 2019, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of the Russian Federation, India and Russia signed a contract for the supply of about 1,000 missiles to India. “Some time ago, fairly large contracts for aviation missiles were signed, involving the supply of about 1,000 missiles of various purposes,” the FSMTC reports.
In turn, the magazine "Jane's Defense Weekly" in the article Rahul Bedi, Dmitry Fediushko "India signs USD700 million deal with Russia for 1,000 additional air-to-air missiles" reported that military sources in New Delhi and Moscow confirmed the fact of signing in early July 2019, agreements on the purchase by India in Russia of 1000 air-to-air guided missiles worth about $ 700 million.
The delivery will include 300 medium-range air-to-air missiles of the R-27 series, 300 short-range R-73E missiles and 400 medium-range RVV-AE missiles. The R-27 series missiles belong to the Р-27Р1/ЭР1 and Р-27Т1/ЭТ1 modifications and are intended for armament of Su-30MKI and MiG-29 UPG fighters of the Indian Air Force, RVV-AE and R-73E missiles. in addition to these two types of fighter jets, the MiG-21 UPG fighters are also arming themselves. Also, the Indian Air Force are working to integrate the R-73E missiles into the weapons of Dassault Mirage 2000H fighters.
A day earlier, on July 29, 2019, the Indian news agency ANI reported, citing sources in the Indian government, that the Indian side had signed a contract with Russia for the purchase of a large batch of medium-range air missiles of the R-27 class of Rs. 1,500 crore (about 217.5 million dollars). Earlier in June, the Indian government reported that the planned purchase of another 700 air-to-air guided missiles for the Indian Air Force in India — 300 short-range R-73E missiles and 400 medium-range RVV-AE missiles — was reported by the Indian government; India’s supply of these missiles has not been reported.