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Over Rs 834 crore spent on Sukhoi maintenance

A sum of Rs 834.76 crore was spent in 2013-14 for the repair and maintenance of country’s frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30, government informed the Rajya Sabha.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Rs 877.84 crore was spent for the purpose in 2012-13, while in 2011-12 the amount stood at 551.35 crore.

In a written reply, he said the maintenance work on SU-30 is carried out in accordance with the procedures specified in the original equipment manufacturer maintenance manuals and servicing schedules for the aircraft.

He was asked whether the SU-30s are meeting with accidents due to Air Force not carrying out timely maintenance of the aircraft.

Responding to a question on a recent crash of the aircraft, he said a court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The nearly 200-strong Su-30 fleet, which was grounded after the crash, has now been cleared for flying.
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