CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria and DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy witness Suryakiran Aerobatic Team display at the Thanjavur air base during the SU-30 MKI fighter induction ceremony. (Photo: ANI)
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Monday inducted the first Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft squadron at the Thanjavur airbase in Tamil Nadu.
DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy was also present during the ceremony. A water salute was also given to the fighter aircraft at the induction ceremony of the 222 'Tigersharks' fighter squadron.
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that the decision to deploy the Su-30 MKI at Thanjavur was taken due to its strategic location.
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria: The decision to deploy the Su-30 MKI at Thanjavur was taken due to its strategic location. The SU-30 MKI inducted here is equipped with special weapon (BrahMos supersonic cruise missile) https://t.co/nbzJTzffsMANI (@ANI) January 20, 2020
This is the first SU-30MKI fighter aircraft squadron in South India which will also be into a maritime role.
The SU-30MKI fighters in Thanjavur are being equipped with the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles which can hit targets at around 300 kilometres with precision.