IAF inducts lat­est SU-30 MKI vari­ant


SU-30 MKI air­craft was in­ducted into Western Air Com­mand in a for­mal cer­e­mony at Air Force Sta­tion Hal­wara on Septem­ber 25, 2012. Air Mar­shal Arup Raha, AOC-in-C Western Air Com­mand IAF was the chief guest for the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony.

While the first batch of SU-30 MKI was in­ducted into IAF in Septem­ber 2002, the 220 Squadron at Hal­wara, known as ‘Desert Tigers’, which flew the MiG-23 air­craft till 2005, is now res­ur­rected with the lat­est SU-30 MKI Squadron in Western Air Com­mand. The SU-30 MKI is a front­line all-weather air-dom­i­nance fighter with multi-role ca­pa­bil­ity, which can un­der­take var­ied air com­bat and ground at­tack mis­sions.

Air Force Sta­tion Hal­wara wit­nessed a well-co­or­di­nated cer­e­mony on this oc­ca­sion. Guests from Western Air Com­mand graced the event. The chief guest was re­ceived by Air Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Air Force Sta­tion Hal­wara, Air Com­modore R.G.K. Kapoor. An im­pres­sive parade con­tin­gent pre­sented a gen­eral salute to the AOC-in-C. Later the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the Squadron, Wing Com­man­der Sharad Aneja took per­mis­sion from the Air Mar­shal to get air­borne in a SU-30 MKI air­craft. The cer­e­mony in­cluded an im­pres­sive fly­past by the SU-30s of 220 Squadron.

The pi­lots of the Squadron ex­e­cuted the char­ac­ter­is­tic ‘Tr­ishul’ for­ma­tion in a spec­tac­u­lar man­ner sig­ni­fy­ing their for­mal in­duc­tion into the premier Air Com­mand of the IAF.

Air Mar­shal Arup Raha in his ad­dress con­grat­u­lated the air war­riors of Hal­wara air­base for suc­cess­ful in­duc­tion of SU-30 MKI. He ap­pre­ci­ated the tire­less ef­forts put in by all per­son­nel in op­er­a­tional­is­ing the Squadron within a very short pe­riod. The Squadron has en­hanced the op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity of the Western Air Com­mand in a sub­stan­tial man­ner. The Air Mar­shal and his wife in­ter­acted with the of­fi­cers and their spouses dur­ing the so­cial get-to­gether or­gan­ised at the Of­fi­cers’ Mess.

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