Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI combat fleet hit by poor maintenence

Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI combat fleet hit by poor maintenence
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NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter Jet went missing 40 minutes after it took off in a two-aircraft formation from the Tezpur airbase at about 10.30 am. quotes Times of India.


This is the eight reported crash of the Sukhoi-30MKIs, which are the latest and the most potent fighters in the IAF 's combat fleet. 

There have been persisting questions about the serviceability of the Sukhoi fleet due to engine problems, shoddy maintenance, poor availability and management of spares, though the government now says it has improved to over 60% now from the earlier 52%.



Incidentally, on March 17, India and Russia had inked two pacts for long-term maintenance support for the Sukhois. 

IAF has inducted 240 of the 272 twin-seat Sukhois contracted from Russia for over $12 billion, with the bulk of them being "produced under licence" by Hindustan Aeronautics.

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