India grounds Su-30MKI fleets after crash

Indian Su-30.jpgAnother Sukhoi Su-30MKI crash in India has resulted in the grounding of the entire fleet of the country’s front-line fighters. The crash comes days after India’s president Prathiba Patil went on a high profile flight on board one of the fighters.

Whether this is due to an aircraft fault of technical error, it certainly adds to the long-standing perception that the country’s fighter fleets are highly susceptible to crashes. The decimation of India’s MiG-21 and Sea Harrier fleets is just a case in point.

The IAF needs to take a long hard look at the incident, and work with both the manufacturers and the training academies to ensure that it can reduce these incidents to a minimum.

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One Response to India grounds Su-30MKI fleets after crash

  1. Royce 4 December, 2009 at 2:34 am #

    They need a modern training system and a whole bunch of new jet trainers, but the ongoing desire to try to develop and build their own aircraft is killing them here. HAL hasn’t been turning out the new Hawks fast enough, and that procurement was delayed by something like 20 years. LCA, HJT-36- too much for one company at once. The move to buy a new turboprop trainer from overseas quickly is a step in the right direction.

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