Deadly Sukhoi -30 MKI to deployed in Indian Ocean Region! Set to join 222 Tigersharks Squadron

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Published: January 15, 2020 7:39:57 PM

Two Air Force Stations located in South of the country will hugely enhance the operational capability of IAF.

Deadly Sukhoi 30 MKI, 222 Tigersharks Squadron, Indian Air, BrahMos missile, Su-30 MKI, Light Combat Aircraft, TejasThe Squadron is located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu an it will be the new home of Su-30 MKI with the maritime role and will be the second base in South India with frontline fighter squadrons.

The newly reinstated 222 Tigersharks Squadron of the Indian Air gets ready to induct Sukhoi 30-MKI fighter aircraft equipped with BrahMos missile. The Squadron is located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu an it will be the new home of Su-30 MKI with the maritime role and will be the second base in South India with frontline fighter squadrons. The first one was the Air Force Station in Sulur near Coimbatore, which is home to No 45 Squadron Flying Daggers. The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) `Tejas’ will be based there.

Two Air Force Stations located in South of the country will hugely enhance the operational capability of IAF.

When was 222 Squadron resurrected?

It was resurrected recently. According to Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria “The new Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft squadron will be the part of southern air command. From the point of view of operational capability, it will add huge capacity.”

“It will have both offensive and defensive roles that these aircraft can perform,” the air chief said.

According to IAF officials, the Tigersharks were number plated in 2011. Over the last few years, the AFS Thanjavur has been playing host to air exercises and the Su-30 MKIs have taken off for any Ops in IOR.

BrahMos onboard Su-30 MKI

In December 2019, the Indo-Russian BrahMos Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) was successfully launched by the IAF the from the Russian Su-30 MKI against a sea target. With the successful launch the IAF became the ultimate “game-changer” in the 21st century.

It has also given the IAF the ability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target both at sea or on land. And the capability to hit with accuracy, day or night and different weather conditions.

While a major role in the development of the software of the SU-30 MKI was played by the IAF, the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) made both the mechanical and electrical modifications on the fighter aircraft. These modifications will enable the aircraft to carry the missile.

The IAF has the only air-launched supersonic weapon of its kind in the world this can be fired from an air platform at a target at sea. This will help the IAF pilots and machines to stay away from the enemy reach.

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