Wednesday, December 19, 2012

'Su-30 MKI Aircraft Fleet Not Been Put Through Any Upgradation Programme', Says Defence Minister In Parliament

This is the statement of Indian Defence Minister, A K Antony in Rajya Sabha today-- 'During the previous Financial Year (FY) 2011-12 and current FY 2012-13 (up to 10.12.2012), one accident involving Su-30 MKI aircraft has taken place on 13.12.2011. No pilot / service personnel or civilian was killed in the accident. Cause of the accident was 'Human Error (Servicing)'.

Su-30 MKI aircraft fleet has not been put through any upgradation programme.'

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Dr. K.P. Ramalingam in Rajya Sabha today.

Quite strange as IAF Chief NAK Browne had said in October this year that the Sukhoi-30MKI upgradation was under discussion with Russia and HAL and it would take place only after stabilisation of fleet.
Considering the IAF's existing mainstay heavy-weight Russian fighters, the Sukhoi-30MKI's upgradation, under a 2400 million dollars programme, jointly by both countries, had to begin this year, has been talked/discussed for quite some time now for the past  three years, and today's statement comes as a blow.

1 comment:

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