India's fighter jets to be armed with BrahMos

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Singapore, Feb 5: India's fighter jets could be armed with BrahMos missiles by 2012, the vice president of the Irkut Corporation said at the Singapore Airshow 2010.

The Irkut Corporation is a prime contractor in manufacturing the Su-30MKI multi-role fighters for the Indian Air Force.

Speaking to reporters, Vladimir Sautov said, "The modernisation programme includes re-equipping of some 100 Su-30MKI fighters, which are currently in service with the Indian Air Force."

"It is being carried out by the Rosoboronexport, the Sukhoi Design Bureau and NPO Mashinostroyeniya. If things go well, we may offer modernized Su-30MKI fighters to our other foreign partners as soon as 2012," he added.

The Indian Air Force originally ordered 50 Su-30MKI aircraft from Russia in 1996 and an additional 40 planes in 2007.

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