The Indian Air Force’ Sukhoi-30 went missing on Tuesday after it took off from Tezpur. According to reports by ANI, the Su-30 lost contact with the radar 60 km north of Tezpur. The Indian Air Force Sources told ANI that there were two pilots on board in the Sukhoi-30 and the search operations have begun. The Sukhoi-30 was reportedly on a routine training mission when it lost contact with the radar station.
According to NDTV, earlier this year, another Sukhoi-30 aircraft had crashed near an air base in Barmer, Rajasthan in the month of March. This was reportedly the third incident of a Sukhoi crashing. Sukhoi is a frontal aircraft of the Indian Air Force. It must also be noted that the Tezpur Air Force station is located 172 kms from the China border.
The last contact with the Sukhoi had been made around 11: 30 AM in the morning when the aircraft had gone nearly 60 kilometres north of Tezpur in Assam.
According to India Today, the region was suffering from bad weather conditions when the Sukhoi 30 lost contact with the ground control. India Today also reported that the jets had been facing troubles in their engines and service issues for a long time. In March, India and Russia had signed a couple of agreements for the long-term maintenance and technical support for the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter planes. It must be noted that the Su-30 fighter jets were made by Russia. According to the report, the Indian Air Force currently works, around 230 Sukhoi-30 MKI jets. As per the two agreements mentioned above, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and the United Engine Corporation are to provide tech support and maintenance services and even spare parts for the fleet for 5 years.