12 Reasons Why Sukhoi Is The Most Popular Aircraft Of Indian Air Force
Hello Defence Lovers, Indian air force is the fourth strongest air force in the world. In Indian Air Force there is total 2086 aircraft in which Russian made Sukhoi Su-30MKI is the most popular aircraft. The constantly evolving Sukhoi Su-30MKI has provided the Indian Air Force an upper hand in matters of air superiority. Here are the 12 reasons why Sukhoi is the most popular aircraft of Indian Air Force.
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(1.) The Su-30MKI is powered by the Al-31FP (P for povorotnoye meaning “movable”) engine. The Su-30MKI has a large range of 3,000 km without refueling which allows for autonomous operations that require high endurance.
(2.) The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a super-manoeuvrable aircraft, meaning it can do various manoeuvres which are not possible from a pure aerodynamic angle.
(3.) It is powered by two engines (Twinjet) which is not only more fuel efficient but also provides safety from a single engine failure.
(4.) Being an Air superiority fighter, it allows IAF to enter into an enemy’s airfield and form a complete dominance over it.
(5.) The Sukhoi Su-30 MKI is built by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), but was initially designed by Russia’s Sukhoi Corporation.
(6.) It is a two crew aircraft which can reach a maximum speed of 2,100 km/h (Mach 2.0).
(7.) Combat missions of 3.75 hours can be carried out by this aircraft which has a range of 3000 km.
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(8.) It is approximately 73 feet in length and 21 feet in height with a wingspan of 48 feet.
(9.) A canard (small fore wing before the main wing) design combined with vectoring nozzles give this aircraft more stability and manoeuvrability.
(10.) The integrated air refueling system of this jet allows it to have flights of up to ten hours.
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(11.) The Sukhoi Su-30 MKI has 12 hard points for missiles and bombs which can be further increase to 14 by using multiple ejector racks.
(12.) Fitted with BrahMos and the Nirbhay Cruise missiles, the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI increases IAF’s striking capability.