Thanjavur: The Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft was inducted at Thanjavur airbase on Monday. The main strength of the aircraft is that it is equipped with ‘special weapon’ BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.
“The decision to deploy the Su-30 MKI at Thanjavur was taken due to its stategic location. The SU-30 MKI inducted here is equipped with special weapon (BrahMos supersonic cruise missile),” said Air Force Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
The fully indigenous fighter aircraft with BrahMos missile can hit targets at around 300 kilometres with precision.
“The integration of the air-launched version of the BrahMos missile with the SU-30 MKI fighter has been done fully indigenously by BrahMos Aerospace, HAL and the Air Force,” he added.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat and DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy were also present at the ceremony.