The Indian Air force (IAF) has deployed four Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets to Hasimara, a forward air base in north Bengal, close to the Indo-Bhutan border, due to ongoing tensions with China.
According to a report by offiziere.ch, a satellite image was first captured in October but it’s possible they may have arrived earlier. Imagery in August 2017 shows that workers covered the alert revetments on both ends of the runway preventing EO observation, the report said.
An exclusive satellite images continues to show a heavy People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ground presence east of the Doka La border crossing and in areas that could reinforce troops in the disputed Bhutanese territory. Although, both the governments announced on August 28 last year , that they had agreed to withdraw their troops from the disputed tri-junction area.
The Sukhoi jets join the already existing Squadron of MIG-27ML/UPG fighters. The base also deploys two squadrons of the Jaguar combat aircraft and one squadron of the MiG-21 Bison. It was reported in September 2017 that the Hasimara air base would also see Rafale planes deployment, replacing the exisiting MiG 27 squadrons.
The Ambala base is considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF as the Indo-Pak border is around 220 km from it.
Indias state-owned aircraft manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over the fiftieth AL31FP engine meant for the Su-30MKI fighter jet to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday. The engine, manufactured from raw materials by Sukhoi Engine Division of HAL in Koraput, Orissa state has been handed over to IAF in Delhi yesterday as part of celebrations of 70th year of India Russia diplomatic relationship
India will enhance firepower of its deadly fighter Sukhoi Su-30MKI under an upgrade programme that will bring in new weapons and avionics, the head of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited said. “We will start the Su-30 MKI upgrade programme soon to bring in new weapons and avionics to make them more potent,” T Suvarna Raju, chairman and managing director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited told
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Indian Air Force will deploy two Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter jets a routine exercise for activating civil airfield of Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun this week, which is seen as a strategic move to counter China. "The detachment would operate from the airfield for two days from Feb 19 for area familiarisation before returning to their parent base," IAF said in a statement
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