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IAF to raise four more Su-30MKI squadrons

Unveiling ambitious expansion plans, the Indian Air Force said on Friday it will complete 75 percent of its modernisation in another decade and raise four more squadrons of Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighters in the near future.

Seventy-five percent of the IAF will be highly modernised by 2022, the IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, told reporters here at the customary press conference ahead of the 8 Oct Air Force Day parade. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the IAF.

He said the acquisition process of 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft [MMRCA] was on track and would be finalised by the 31 March, 2013 end of the current fiscal. Browne said said 270 Su-30 aircraft would be acquired for 13 to 14 squadrons to be eventually raised.   
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