Thiruvananthapuram: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the induction ceremony of SU-30 fighter squadron at the Indian Air Force (IAF) Station in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, said Air Marshal Amit Tiwari here Wednesday.
At a press meet here, Air Marshal Tiwari said this would be the second frontline fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be based in South.
The induction ceremony would take place January 20 and the fighters would have the most potent platform capable of long reach and multi-role capabilities, informed the Air Marshal. He added that the maritime strike squadron inducted in the IAF is also armed with the indigenous Brahmos missile.
The IAF had earlier announced January 1 the resurrection of the 222 Squadron titled ‘The Tigersharks’ with the Sukhois.
The newly resurrected 222 Squadron would be operationalised with Brahmos-equipped Sukhoi-30 air superiority fighter with twin engine.
“The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) which is a central maritime spread, bordering three continents, has an important role to play in regional peace, security and prosperity. The IAF is an intrinsically strategic force and is set to extend the reach into the vast IOR,” informed Tiwari said.
The ‘Tigersharks’, equipped with formidable, state-of-the-art air superiority fighter aircraft, which are armed with 2.5 ton air-launched BrahMos missile of 300 km range, have the capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pin-point accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions, informed an IAF official.
The capability of the missile, coupled with superlative performance of the Su-30 MKI, is set to change the paradigm of maritime surveillance, security and strike in the region, he added.