Indian Su-30MKI Aircraft To Last 30-40 Years In Service: IAF Chief

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Indian Su-30MKI Aircraft To Last 30-40 Years In Service: IAF Chief
Air chief marshal Arup Raha addresses a press conference at Akash Officer's mess in New Delhi on December 28. (PTI photo)

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft currently in service is said to last for another 30-40 years in operation, IAF chief Arup Raha said.

Raha during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday said that India has enough numbers of Sukhois in service that will last for another 30-40 years. 

India so far has more than 200 planes delivered, and the Su-30MKI is the most numerous of the multirole fighters currently in service with the IAF.

However, Raha stressed on adding medium weight fighters to the IAF aircraft fleet. “Over the next 10 years, we must have 200-250 aircraft. It has to be balanced out. In the heavy weight spectrum, we have enough. But in the medium weight category, we need to have more. Yes, about 200 will be very good,” the Air Chief said Economic Times. 

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