(GALLERY) Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI “Flankers” at RAF Coningsby

In July 2015 four Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters of the Indian air force’s No.2 Squadron from Kalaikunda air base travelled to the UK to participate in the Indra Dhanush 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 remained at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire during the duration of the exercise.

The following photographs were contributed to Defence of the Realm by Andy Laing who runs Aviationtrails which looks at different trails across the UK touring air bases past and present. The photos were taken on Tuesday July 28th 2015.

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