Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

No breakthrough on missing Sukhoi-30 IAF aircraft

No breakthrough on missing Sukhoi-30 IAF aircraft

Indian Air Force's Sukhoi-30 jet goes missing near Tezpur in Asssam which is bordering China yesterday.

A Russian made Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft is seen on display at "Aero India 2007" at Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore, India.

The Indian Air Force's rapidly-aging Soviet-era fleet threatens to hamper New Delhi's ability to counter potential threats from Beijing and Islamabad. The last contact was with the pilots was around 11:30 am yesterday when the aircraft was almost 60 km north of Tezpur.

"First of all, on the eastern section of the China-India border, our position is consistent and clear".

A massive search and rescue operation has been activated to locate the aircraft and the pilots.

The IAF has contracted 272 Su-30 MKI fighter planes out of which almost 240 have been delivered.

A search has been on for the aircraft, said Sonitpur district Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Deka. Since their induction in 1990s, seven crashes have taken place, mostly due to technical failure.

The country's frontline SU-30 MKI aircraft were deployed in the Tezpur airbase on June 15, 2009 for guarding the Sino- India frontier in Arunachal Pradesh.

Past year in March, Sukhoi-30 aircraft crashed near an air base in Barmer district in Rajasthan with both the Pilots ejected from the aircraft safely.

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