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IAF Sukhoi Crashes In Barmer Just Hours After IAF Chetak Accident In Allahabad

Published on 15 March, 2017 at 4:42 pm By

An IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI crashed in Barmer today. Both pilots ejected to safety.

 

A fleet of Sukhois at an Indian Air Force station. Chris Pocock

Media had earlier mistook the fighter for a MiG-21, an ageing fighter jet still in service with the Indian Air Force.


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The aircraft was on a regular sortie when it crashed in Shivkar Kudla village in Bramer.

 

Reports say that three people were injured and have been taken to the hospital. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

This is the 11th major crash of a fighter jet since January 2014 and the seventh since 2015 and also the seventh involving a Sukhoi Su-30MKI.

Just hours before the crash of the Sukhoi fighter, an IAF Chetak helicopter toppled at Bamrauli near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.


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The pilots escaped safely. Reports say that the pilots were forced to land after the helicopter developed a technical snag.



 

The Chetak helicopters are among an ageing fleet of choppers in service with the IAF and the Indian Army.

The IAF has 240 Sukhoi Su-30MKIs in its fleet. The multirole fighter aircraft forms the backbone of the Indian Air Force.

Su-30MKI is one of the most formidable fighter jets in the world. The twin-seater is India’s only air superiority fighter, which means that the fighter can dominate skies deep inside enemy territory.

 

 


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Recently, the IAF had modified a Sukhoi to enable it to carry BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The success of the test made IAF the only air force in the world to have a cruise missile in its arsenal.

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