In a significant boost to India’s air power, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday inducted its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft into the 221 Squadron, ‘Valiants’, at its base in Punjab.
IAF’s 221 squadron is stationed near India-Pakistan border.
Su-30 MKI is a state-of-the-art all-weather multi-role fighter jet capable of undertaking varied air combat and ground attack missions.
Developed by Russia’s Sukhoi, it is built under licence by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
The induction of Sukhoi fighter jets at a frontline base close to the India-Pakistan border will act as a force-multiplier for the defence forces.
The Western Air Command chief, Air Marshal C. Hari Kumar handed over documents pertaining to the first Su-30 MKI aircraft to Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Wing Commander H.S. Luthra, during the induction ceremony. Daljeet Singh, Chief Executive Officer, MiG Complex, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, was also present.
(With IANS inputs)