IAF's Su-30 MKI Simulator to Receive Indigenous Technology Upgrade

IAF's Su-30 MKI Simulator to Receive Indigenous Technology Upgrade

In a major boost to the Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) initiative, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on March 1, 2024, awarded a contract to an Indian manufacturer for a comprehensive upgrade of the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Su-30 MKI simulator.

This move emphasizes India's commitment to strengthening its defense capabilities through domestic innovation and production.

The upgrade project, spearheaded by a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME), will ensure the simulator fully integrates indigenous weapons and capabilities.

This will provide IAF pilots with a highly realistic training environment that reflects the aircraft's true operational potential.

"This initiative aligns with our unwavering focus on promoting self-sufficiency in India's defense sector," stated a Ministry of Defence spokesperson. "By supporting indigenous MSMEs, we are not only enhancing our military readiness but also fostering the growth of a robust domestic defense manufacturing ecosystem."

The upgraded Su-30 MKI simulator will significantly improve pilot training, allowing IAF personnel to master the aircraft's capabilities across diverse operational scenarios. This investment in realistic training will directly bolster the Indian Air Force's combat readiness and effectiveness.
Great idea. World wide simulators have become the norm for training. Much cheaper than designing and building and operating twin seater trainer versions which are bad at fighting.
India needs to update its simulators on a regular basis so that we can attract the best possible pilots that don't end up crashing their plane or jet because of making the wrong decision and choices.

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