On Jun 15, four Su-30MKIs will land in Tezpur for a symbolic induction, making the airbase the third in the country to house the combat jets. "It will be a symbolic induction as of now. Currently it's not clear which of the Sukhoi bases - Pune or Bareilly - the aircraft belong to," a senior IAF official said.
The basing of the squadron in Assam is in line with the IAF's policy of capacity-building near the India-China border. India currently is operating five squadrons of the Russian-built fighter aircraft. Out of them three are stationed at Lohegaon Pune (Maharashtra) and two in Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh). Each squadron operates nearly 18-20 aircraft.
Indian Air Force is planning to increase the strength of Sukhois in its fleet to nearly 200 in next five years.