TNPSC Current affairs April 2017 24 for group 1 & group 2 mains

TNPSC Current Affairs April 2017

Su30 MKI aircraft was inducted to ‘Valiants’

Indian Air Force has inducted its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft into the 221 Squadron, 'Valiants', at its base in Punjab, enhancing the Indian Air force’s capabilities.

The  ‘valiants’ which flew Mig-23 aircraft till 2009, and now equipped with Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. Su 30 MKI is a state of the art all weather multi role fighter aircraft capable of undertaking varied air combat and ground attack missions

About Valiants:

  • The Valiants were formed as an offensive fighter squadron on 1963 at Barrakpore.
  • Squadron was then equipped with 3 types of aircraft namely, Vampires, Spitfire, Hurricane and Su-7 aircraft.
  • The Squadron has taken part of 1971 and Kargil war operations
  • Su-7 aircraft of the Valiants  used in East Pakistan in support of the Indian Army’s blitzkrieg advance in 1971
  • The ‘Valiants’, operating the MiG-23s, were the first ones to fire weapons on the enemy during the Kargil war
  • Induction of the new Su-30 Squadron will boost the offensive capabilities of the Indian Air .

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