SITREP – Su-30MKI Video Gallery

Andy Laing’s photos of the Indian Air Force Su-30MKI “Flankers” at RAF Coningsby this week have now been put into a video and posted on to Defence of the Realm’s YouTube page.

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NEWS: Indian Sukhois in the UK for military exercise with the RAF

RAF Typhoons (foreground) and Indian Su-30s (background) (livefistdefence.com)

RAF Typhoons (foreground) and Indian Su-30s (background) (livefistdefence.com)

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4s operating from Estonia on behalf of NATO may be facing down Russian Sukhois over the Baltic but back in the UK Indian Sukhoi Su-30MKIs are sharing the tarmac at RAF Conningsby. Four Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters of the Indian air force’s No.2 Squadron from Kalaikunda air base have travelled to the UK to participate in the Indra Danush IV military exercise which commenced on July 21st from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

The four Indian combat aircraft were supported on their deployment to the UK by an Indian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and a Lockheed Martin C-130J transport aircraft. Additionally an Ilyushin Il-78 “Midas” tanker provided mid air refuelling for the transit flight and will remain at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire during the duration of the exercise.

Despite strong traditional ties joint exercises between the RAF and the Indian Air Force have been rare until quite recently with the first Indra Danush exercise taking place in 2006 when a flight of RAF Tornado F.3s from No.43 Squadron travelled to India. The exercise gets its name from an Indian children’s tv show about a group of children that build a robot that becomes possessed by an alien.