The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is jointly developed by Russia`s Sukhoi and India`s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force (IAF). At present India has 190 Su-30MKIs and it plans to have a fleet of 272 by 2015.
The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine delta-wing fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Rafale can carry payloads of more than 9t on 14 hard points for the Air Force version, with 13 for the naval version. Besides this, it has a twin gun pod and a Nexter (formerly Giat) 30mm DEFA 791B cannon, which can fire 2,500 rounds a minute. The Rafale is also equipped with laser designation pods for laser guidance of air-to-ground missiles.
France and India are in the final stages to finalise the deal of 126 Dassault Rafale aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
The HAL Tejas is a lightweight multirole fighter developed by India. The idea of HAL Tejas was conceived in order to phase out India’s ageing MiG-21 fighters. The LCA has been designed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Agency and manufactured at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) which is based in Bangalore.
Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft
The Sukhoi PAK FA is a twin-engine jet fighter being developed by Sukhoi for the Russian Air Force. It is a fifth generation jet and is still in advanced phase of development. The T-50 will be the newest main plane both for the Russian and Indian Air Force.
India is expected to shell over USD 25 billion to induct 166 PAK FA and 48 FGFA advanced stealth fighter aircraft.
The Indian Air Force is procuring 22 Apache attack helicopters from the US, which will give it the capability to strike down enemy choppers and UAVs. IAF is procuring the American choppers in a 1.4 billion dollar deal.