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IAF Induced First Squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI Aircraft

Published on January 21, 2020
Current context: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted its first squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft carrying the BrahMos missiles on 20th January 2020.
IAF Induced First Squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI Aircraft
  • The IAF inducted the aircraft at its Thanjavur based in Tamil Nadu.
  • The squadron will initially consist of four to six Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters and is expected to reach its full complement of 18 aircraft by the end of 2020.
  • The newly reinstated 222-squadron, also known as the Tigersharks, would serve as a lethal weapons platform capable of carrying both aerial and maritime roles in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • The Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft integrated with the supersonic cruise missiles BrahMos is the strongest maritime combination that India has, in terms of weapon capability.
  • Thanjavur is strategically located in the southern peninsula where the Tigersharks can dominate the seas and provide very close and integrated support to the Indian Navy.
  • The Indian government approved the integration of the BrahMos-A into the Su-30MKI in 2016.

Question: 

Q.1 The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted its first squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft carrying the ___________ missiles on 20th January 2020?
a. Prithvi Air Defence missile
b. Pradyumna Ballistic Missile
c. Agni VI missile
d. BrahMos missiles
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