flight are to be carried out at HAL's Nasik Division.
The MKI production was planned to be done in four phases: Phase I, II, III and IV respectively.In 2007, another order of 40 Su-30MKIs was placed. In 2009, the planned fleet strengthwas to be 230 aircraft.
In 2008, Samtel HAL Display Systems (SHDS), a joint venture between Samtel Display Systems andHAL, won a contract to develop and manufacturemulti-function avionicsdisplays for the MKI.
Ahelmet mounted display, Topsight-I, based on technology from Thales and developed by SHDS will be integrated on the Su-30MKI in the next upgrade.
IAF Su-30MKI jet touches down at Mountain Home Air Force Base during Red Flagexercise.The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is the most potent fighter jet in service with the Indian Air Force inthe late 2000s.
This was the first large-scale bilateral aerial exercise with any foreign air force during which the IAF used its Su-30MKIs extensively. This exercise was also thefirst in 43 years with the RAF. During the exercise, the RAF Air Chief Marshal GlennTorpy was given permission by the IAF to fly the MKI.
The RAF's Air Vice MarshalChristopher Harper praised the MKI's dogfight ability, calling it "absolutely masterful andunbeatable".
In July 2007, the Indian Air Force fielded the MKI during the
exercise withRoyal Air Force'sEurofighter Typhoon. This was the first time that the two jets had taken part in such a exercise.
The IAF did not allow their pilots to use the radar of the MKIsduring the exercise so as to protect the highly classified N011M Bars.
Also in theexercise were RAF Tornado F3s and a Hawk. RAF Tornado pilots were candid in their admission of the Su-30MKI's superior manoeuvring in the air, and the IAF pilots wereimpressed by the Typhoon's agility.
The RAF stated that the Typhoon and Su-30MKIsdid not go head to head in mock combat during that particular exercise.
India sent Su-30MKs, an earlier variant of the Su-30MKI, to take part in war games withtheUnited States Air Force(USAF) during
in 2004. The results have beenwidely publicized, with the Indians winning "90% of the mock combat missions" againstthe USAF's F-15C.
The IAF again did not allow their pilots to use theradar of the MKIs during the exercise so as to protect the highly classified N011M Bars. InOctober 2008, a video surfaced on the internet which featured a USAF colonel, CorkeyFornoff, criticizing Su-30MKI's high friendly kill rate, serviceability issues, and relatively poor performance against the F-15C during the Red Flag exercise.
Several of his