Jodhpur gets a Sukhoi squadron
State-of-the-art premier multirole fighters, SU-30 Squadron of IAF will be stationed at the Jodhpur air base from Sunday. With this induction, strike capability of IAF in Rajasthan has gained far reaching advantage and the air defence of the country has become impregnable. The squadron taking on to the western skies with its lethal strike force, multirole function and weaponry carrying capability will give unassailable advantage to IAF in this sector, defence spokesperson Col S D Goswami said. Sources said IAF Sukhois are getting closer to the Pakistan border for the first time. “For the first time, India’s frontline fighter aircraft, Sukhoi-30-MKI, will be based very close to the Indo-Pak border, only kilometres away, the at the Jodhpur air base. Jodhpur is a strategically important air base in Indo-pak border. The twin-engine Russian-origin Sukhois, which are now produced under licence in India, are one of the leading warplanes of the world,” a retired air force officer said. These fighters are set to become deadlier with the slated fitting of super-sonic cruise missile BrahMos under its belly, he said. A Sukhoi-30-MKI flying at top speed of around two mach, about 2,450 kmph, will be able to reach the western border of India within few minutes of take-off from Jodhpur.