India’s state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia’s Rosoboronexport to export spares and accessories of engines of the Su-30MKI and MiG-29 fighter jets.
“The MoU envisages export of spares and services to friendly countries for which license has been given to HAL. The parties will subsequently sign an agreement on mutually agreed terms and conditions. The scope will include Su-30 MKI, AL-31 FP engine, RD-33 engines, accessories etc,” HAL said in a statement.
The agreement was signed last Friday during DefExpo 2020 exhibition held in Lucknow city, Uttar Pradesh state.
Previously, operators of Russian aircraft such as MiG-29 (RD-33 engine) and Su-30 (AL-31F engine) were sourcing spares from third countries not authorized by the Russian original equipment manufacturer (OEM) due to cost and supply considerations.
The new agreement plugs India into the global supply chain of Russian jets, increasing their appeal to current and potential customers and elevating HAL to the level of a global parts supply partner for Rosoboronexport.
The AL-31FP engine powers the Indian variant of the Sukhoi jet, the Su-30MKI. The commonality of parts between the Indian version with new variants of Su-30 jets such as Su-30SMs and Su-30MKMs, has opened up an potential export market for the engines.