Sukhoi Su-30MKI

Indian version of the Su-30MK multirole fighter aircraft

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI[3](NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) is a fighter plane made by Sukhoi and HAL for the Indian Air Force. It is a version of the Su-30. It first flew in 2000 and entered service in 2002. It is one of the heaviest fighters in the world and can fly very far.

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An Indian Air Force Su-30MKI
Role Air superiority fighter
National origin Russia / India
Manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (under licence from Sukhoi)
Design group Sukhoi Design Bureau
First flight IAF Su-30МК: 1 July 1997
Su-30MKI: 2000
Introduction 27 September 2002
Status In service
Primary user Indian Air Force
Produced 2000–present
Number built 200 as of August 2014[1]
Unit cost
358 crore (US$61 million)[2]
Developed from Sukhoi Su-30

The Indian Air Force plans to have 272 of these planes by 2020. They will form the backbone of Indian Air Force from then.[4]

It is considered a 4++ generation fighter plane and has similar features to the Sukhoi Su-35.[5]


  1. Ajay Banerjee (3 August 2014). "Engine rejig to cut Su-30 burnouts". The Tribune. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  2. Ajai Shukla (31 December 2014). "Rafale in storm clouds, Parrikar says IAF can make do with Sukhoi-30s". Business Standard. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  3. MKI stands for Russian Modernizirovannyi Kommercheskiy Indiski (Cyrillic: Модернизированный Коммерческий Индийский), or "Modernized Commercial for India".
  4. "Russia conducts first test of fifth-generation Sukhoi - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. "Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker) Multirole Heavy Combat Fighter Aircraft - Russia".