IAF developing Bareilly as major hub for Sukhois

Bareilly: The IAF is developing state-of-the-art infrastructure here, including a world class avionics lab, for the most potent fighters in its combat fleet — Su-30MKI squadron — in a bid to counter threats, especially from China. A modern tech flight hangar, the biggest in the country, is coming up at the base to house the Sukhois and other allied equipment for its servicing.

“Bareilly is strategically located and we are in the process of converting it into a major hub for the Su-30MKIs,” Chief Administrative Officer of the base Group Captain P.V. Gadgil told a group of visiting journalists. The Sukhois, with a cruising speed range of 3,200 km coupled with advanced beyond-visual range combat capabilities, are capable of striking deep inside China, said another official. Chief Engineering Officer of the base Group Captain Rajiv Gandotra said: “The defence of the nation requires the aeroplanes to be available all the time and in highest numbers.”

Mr. Gadgil said the Eight Squadron based here will be flying the Su-30MKI, once they are delivered by Russia.— PTI

Source : http://www.hindu.com/2007/10/01/stories/2007100156071600.htm