The Indian Air Force inducted a squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter planes at its Thanjavur airbase on Monday (Jan 20)
The Indian Air Force inducted a squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter planes, with the capability to carry BrahMos missiles, at its Thanjavur airbase on Monday. To begin with, five to six SU-30MKI fighter planes with the capability to carry BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile would be positioned at the Air Force Station, Thanjavur, and the full capacity of 18 planes would be reached on a later date, gradually.
With the SU-30MKI Squadron, also known as Tigersharks, getting positioned in Thanjavur, the Indian Air Force would get more air power to strike from long stand off ranges on any target at sea or on land with accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions. The decision to deploy the Su-30 MKI at Thanjavur was taken due to its strategic location
Addressing the Air Force personnel at the “Tigersharks” induction ceremony, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat called upon the Squadron to operate in close coordination with the Navy and Army as the Su-30MKI fighter planes with BrahMos missile was going to be a game changer for the Indian Armed Forces.