The Indian Air Force (IAF) decided to buy 33 fighters from Russia on urgent orders from Indian officials amid clashes with Chinese troops in the border area.
India’s ANI news agency said on June 19, 2020, IAF had submitted proposals to buy 21 MiG-29s and 12 Su-30MKIs from Russia to the Ministry of Defense of India for approval.
“The Air Force has been working on this plan for some time but they have now fast-tracked the process and the proposals expected to be worth over Rs 6,000 crore would be placed before the Defence Ministry for its final approval next week at a high-level meeting,” according to ANI, citing sources from the Indian government.
India and Russia have negotiated the purchase of MiG-29 and Su-30MKI fighters from last year, following a visit by a group of Indian Air Force officials to inspect the MiG-29 fighters.
According to Indian media, the move took place after recent clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the border area between the two sides recently.
Recently, tensions between China and India have escalated after a brawl between soldiers on both sides. The incident took place in the Galwan valley in Ladakh region, in the disputed area of Kashmir on the evening of June 15. The clash has left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.
China admits casualties among its troops but has not released figures.
The Indian government subsequently called on all military units to be ready for high combat readiness.