HAL de­liv­ers first re­fur­bished Su-30MKI

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The Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Limited (HAL) handed the first over­hauled Su-30MKI (SB 027) air­craft to the In­dian Air Force (IAF) through the De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar at a cer­e­mony held at HAL Nashik re­cently. Su-30MKI is cur­rently the back­bone of fighter fleet with IAF. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the De­fence Min­is­ter lauded the ef­forts made by HAL in ab­sorb­ing tech­nol­ogy and de­scribed the Nashik em­ploy­ees as “ex­cel­lent and mo­ti­vated work­force”.

He said In­dia would con­tinue to need fighter planes such as Su-30s due to not so friendly neigh­bour­hood. He urged the em­ploy­ees to keep up the good work to­wards in­creas­ing the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity. “We are one fam­ily and let us work to­gether.”

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha, said the IAF would con­tinue to de­pend on HAL heav­ily in fu­ture too. “We both are in­ter­de­pen­dent”, he added.

Dr R.K. Tyagi, Chair­man of HAL, said the sec­ond air­craft is ready for de­liv­ery. “HAL will also act as a sin­gle win­dow OEM for sup­port­ing Su-30MKI fleet. We are con­fi­dent of im­prov­ing the ser­vice­abil­ity and ramp up ca­pac­ity”, he added. He pointed out that five par­tic­i­pat­ing di­vi­sions Nasik, Ko­ra­put, Luc­know, Korwa and Hy­der­abad—of MiG and ac­ces­sories com­plexes of HAL are in­volved in the mega pro­gramme.

The Su-30 over­haul fa­cil­ity at HAL Nashik is only of its kind in the world and has ex­port prospect since nearly 10 coun­tries have Su-30 fleet.

Af­ter re­pair and over­haul (ROH), the first Su30MKI air­craft SB 027 is ready for the ser­vice of the na­tion and as a re­sult of the estab­lish­ment of ROH fa­cil­i­ties, the ser­vice­abil­ity lev­els of Su-30MKI fleet will en­hance greatly re­sult­ing in strength­en­ing of the In­dian air de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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