The Indian Air Force will deploy a squadron of Sukhoi SU-30 MKI fighter jet near the Pak border at the Jodhpur air-base in Rajasthan desert, an Indian local newspaper claimed on Saturday. The paper says the squadron of Sukhois will be working at the tactically important Jodhpur airbase by the first week of November, adding that the boundary will be only a 2 minute flight from Jodhpur.
This will be the 1st Sukhoi-30 squadron to be used anyplace in the Western area, while the 2nd squadron along the Western area will be raised in Halwara, East Punjab. Till now, the Sukhois have been used in 6 squadrons. They’re positioned in the Eastern area in Tejpur and Chabua, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh and at its home base at Lohegaon in Pune.
The IAF is looking to induct a overall of 272 Sukhois from Russia by 2017.The twin-engine Russian-origin Sukhois are now developed under licence at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bangalore, India. India is also going to train the jet with Brahmossuper-sonic cruise missile.