Hindustan Aeroanutics Ltd has handed the first overhauled Su-30 MKI (SB 027) aircraft to the India Air Force through the Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar at a ceremony held at HAL Nashik.
The Su-30MKI is currently the backbone of the fighter fleet with the Indian Air Force (IAF). Speaking at the occasion, the Defence Minister praised the efforts made by HAL in absorbing technology and described the Nashik employees as “excellent and motivated workforce”. He said India would continue to need fighter planes such as Su-30s due to unfriendly region India was located within. He urged the employees to keep-up the good work towards increasing the production capacity. “We are one family and let us work together,” he said.