Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft currently in service is said to last for another 30-40 years in operation, IAF chief Arup Raha said.
Raha during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday said that India has enough numbers of Sukhois in service that will last for another 30-40 years.
India so far has more than 200 planes delivered, and the Su-30MKI is the most numerous of the multirole fighters currently in service with the IAF.
However, Raha stressed on adding medium weight fighters to the IAF aircraft fleet. “Over the next 10 years, we must have 200-250 aircraft. It has to be balanced out. In the heavy weight spectrum, we have enough. But in the medium weight category, we need to have more. Yes, about 200 will be very good,” the Air Chief said Economic Times.
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The two pilots of Indian Air Force Su-30MKI fighter that crashed on Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border last week have been declared dead. Sqn Ldr D Pankaj and Flt Lt S Achudev, the pilots of the Su-30 aircraft sustained fatal injuries when the aircraft crashed approximately 60 Km from Tezpur Airbase on 23 May 17, the MoD said in a statement Thursday
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The serviceability rate of the Indian Air Force's Sukhoi Su-30 twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft and helicopter fleet has risen to 60 per cent, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Thursday. Parrikar was quoted as saying by The
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