India has grounded its entire Sukhoi-30 fleet and each aircraft is undergoing a thorough technical check following a recent crash near Pune. The fleet of about 200 twin-engine Su-30s would be back in air only when they are cleared by the technical review.
Seeking to attract youth, the Air Force is all set to launch a video game called `Guardians of the Sky` in which players can carry out virtual attacks on enemy targets flying a Su-30MKI combat aircraft.
After making history by flying in a frontline Sukhoi fighter jet a couple of years ago, President Pratibha Patil will hop on to a rather modest machine on her way to a beach here on Tuesday - a golf cart.
Union minister of state
for Defence M M Pallam Raju today inaugurated a new
overhauling department of Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft at
Hindustan Aeronautics Limiteds (HAL) engine division in
The grounded Sukhoi fighter jet fleet is likely to get airborne again by Monday, senior IAF officers said on Friday, adding that the aircraft crash on November 30 near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan was caused by a fire in its engine.
President Pratibha Patil is "medically fit" to fly in a frontline Sukhoi fighter aircraft, but would undertake the sortie only if found fit on the day of the flight, IAF chief P V Naik said here on Friday.