IAF To Operate Sukhoi Jets In Jolly Grant Airfield

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Dehradun: For the first time, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will operate two Sukhoi fighter jets from Uttarakhand’s Jolly Grant airport as part of a move to expand options for any future requirement, officials said.

“The detachment would operate from the airfield for two days from Feb 19 for area familiarisation before returning to their parent base,” the IAF said. The move by the Indian Air Force (IAF) is viewed as India’s preparation for perceived Chinese aggression in near future, in the wake of violation of airspace in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in the past.

The move comes amid increasing assertiveness by Chinese soldiers along nearly 4,000 km-long Sino-India border which includes a portion in Uttarakhand. According to officials, the IAF will operate two Sukhoi fighter jets will operate from the airport near Dehradun as part of a move to expand options for any future requirement.

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“As a routine exercise of activating civil airfield by the IAF, a detachment of two Su-30 MKI aircraft would operate from Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun,” Indian Air Force said in a statement.

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