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IAF’s Eighth Su-30 Mki Squadron to Come up By December near Indo-Pak Border in Haryana
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced that its eighth squadron of Sukhoi Su-30 MKI combat planes will be raised by December this year and it will be based in Sirsa in Haryana. The upcoming Su-30 MKI squadron in Sirsa, about 150 kms from Pakistan border, is the third of its kind to be deployed close to Pakistan border in the western frontier. In little over an year, IAF has deployed two Su-30 MKI squadron in close proximity to the Pakistan border. The first one was the Su-30 MKI squadron deployment in Jodhpur in Rajasthan in October 2011. This was followed by a squadron in Halwara in Punjab earlier this week.
India to Raise Eighth Sukhoi Squadron near Pakistan Border at Sirsa
Within three months of resurrecting a disbanded squadron by equipping it with the front line Su-30MKI combat aircraft, India will raise a new squadron with Sukhoi planes at Sirsa close to the border with Pakistan this December. This is the third Sukhoi squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) close to Pakistan border following the raising of a squadron each at Jodhpur in Rajasthan in October 2011 and another at Halwara in Punjab this week. Sirsa will become with second unit under the IAF's sword arm, the Western Air Command, responsible for securing the air space over all area north of Delhi. At Halwara, the 220 Squadron, which flew MiG-23s earlier and was disbanded in 2009, was resurrected with the Sukhoi planes.
IAF to Acquire 22 Apache Ah-64d Attack Helicopters From Boeing
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to acquire 22 Apache AH-64D multirole combat helicopters from the US aerospace major Boeing. The financial bids were opened last week and the deal for the 22 Apache attack helos is to the tune of $ 1.4 billion. According to Defence Ministry officials, Boeing is the only bidder for the attacks helicopters since Russia had withdrawn its Mi-28N Night Hunter. The IAF deal for 22 Apache Ah-64 D combat helicopters will include both direct commercial sale (DCS) and foreign military sales (FMS) components besides offsets, sources said.
IAF Inducts Sukhoi Combat Planes at Halwara Air Base
India has inducted the front line air dominance Sukhoi fighter planes at Halwara air base in Punjab, the first in the key Western Air Command (WAC) area that secure the air space of most of northern India from capital New Delhi to Kashmir. WAC Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Marshal Arup Raha formally inducted the Su-30MKI jets into the Indian Air Force's (IAF) 220 squadron that was resurrected after being inactive following the phasing out of Soviet-origin MiG-23BN, IAF officers said. India now has seven active Sukhoi squadrons in the country deployed both in the western and eastern sector to check Pakistan and China respectively.
After A Spate of Crashes, IAF Plans to Acquire Two Second-Hand Mirage 2000
With the Indian Air Force (IAF) losing two Mirage 2000 combat aircraft earlier this year in crashes, India is planning to acquire two second hand Mirage 2000 aircraft. The two Mirage 2000 aircraft of IAF had crashed earlier this year in February and March reducing the fleet of Mirage 2000 to 49 aircraft. IAF operates three squadrons of Mirages and all of them are deployed at the Maharajpur air base. According to IAF officials, the procurement of the two Mirage 2000 will happen with France or some other Air Force which still operates these aircraft in its inventory. The IAF will have to scout around for second hand Mirage-2000 aircraft since its production ceased few years ago.
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