Indian firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced that its Nashik Division completed production of 140 Su-30MKI jets from raw material stage (phase 4).

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a multirole combat fighter aircraft equipped with thrust vectoring control and canards.

It is jointly developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and HAL for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The Su-30MKI licence production programme in India is carried out in a four-phased manner.

Phase 4 involves production from raw materials provided by Russia, which are processed into different components instead of carrying out final assembly, according to a report by The Times of India.

HAL Nashik is currently manufacturing thousands of components required for integration into the fighter jet.

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Completion of the project brings an end to the manufacture of Su-30MKI aircraft for the IAF from raw material stage of the programme to manufacture the aircraft under licence from aircraft company Sukhoi in Russia.

In the previous phases, the manufacture of the aircraft was ‘progressively indigenised’.

In addition to the Su-30MKI aircraft, HAL manufactures the AL31FP engine from raw materials supplied by Sukhoi at its Engine Division in Koraput town of Odisha.

The latest event also marks the completion of the production of 272 Su-30MKI aircraft.

Earlier this month, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the IAF will take part in the Exercise Desert Flag-VI.