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.