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Defence Min to inaugurate Su-30 squadron at Thanjavur air base

Defence minister A K Antony will on Monday inaugurate an airbase here to house squadron of IAFs lethal Su-30 MKI combat aircraft, making it the first fighter squadron in south India that will help maintain vigil over the Indian Ocean region.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will base a squadron of agile Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft in Thajavur, making it the first fighter squadron in Southern India, with a view to keep strategic vigil over the Indian Ocean and cover up country’s southern flank up to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, IAF, officials said here. The IAF will keep deploying its regular fighter and transport aircraft detachments here since the runway and other facilities are in place here now. This would also be the first of fighter squadrons under the Southern Air Command of the IAF at any place in southern India. The IAF has upgraded the two runways at the airbase, which has been existing for several decades and used extensively for relief operations during the tsunami  in Tamil Nadu.


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