IAF to acquire more Sukhoi fighter aircraft

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New Delhi, July 8 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) would have 230 Russian-made Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft by 2015.

Replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha, Antony said: "Since 1996, the IAF has procured 98 Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft. By 2015, we plan to have a fleet of 230 Sukhoi fighter aircraft."

Speaking about Jaisalmer's Sukhoi crash incident, he said, "A Court of Inquiry has already been ordered into the incident which took place on April 30."

"Following the incident, the IAF has undertaken a detailed inspection of all Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft," he added.

On the same issue, Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju said the blackbox of the Sukhoi has been sent to the UK for retrieving information. (ANI)

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