2011-03-01 INDIA DEFENCE
The Indian Air Force Tuesday inducted a second squadron of its frontline Sukhoi-Su 30 MKI combat jets as part of a strategic deployment of advanced assets in the North East. A single Su-30 has presently been stationed at the Chabua air base, about 450 km east of Assam's main city of Guwahati, with the strength of the squadron gradually being raised to 18 aircraft. 'The idea is to ensure that the skies and the borders in the east are well protected and secured. The Su-30 MKIs can be used for both offensive as well as defensive purposes,' Air Marshal K.K. Nohwar, air officer commanding-in-chief of the Eastern Air Command, told reporters after the formal induction ceremony. As part of the formal induction, the fighter jet staged an impressive flypast.