"The French jet fighter is costly. But as far as the SU-30 is concerned, it's cheap and reliable. The government has so far not taken the final decision," the minister said.
The statement came after the Indian Air Force said in January it could not confirm media reports that India wanted to scrap the Rafale deal with France and buy Russian jets instead.
In January, a source in the Indian Defense Ministry told Sputnik that the country had not made a decision regarding the purchase of the Rafale jets. According to the source, Su-30s are seen as an alternative if the deal with France falls through.