Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Monday dedicated the newly resurrected 222 Squadron with BrahMos-embedded Sukhoi-30MKIs to the nation at a function at the Airforce Station (AFS) in Thanjavur.
With the Sukhoi-30 MKI squadron now getting positioned at AFS in Thanjavur along with BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), the Indian Air Force will get more air power to strike at any target at sea and on land with pinpoint accuracy in all weather conditions, officials said.
The IAF test-fired the BrahMos ALCM from a Sukhoi-30MKI on May 22, 2019. It was the successful second test-firing of the BrahMos ALCM from a Su-30MKI, where the missile achieved a direct hit on the target, thus proving its high accuracy hit rate, officials added.
General Rawat said, “Su-30 MKI along with the BrahMos will be a gamechanger which will extensively enhance the security of the maritime domain. The Squadron will operate closely with the Indian Army and Navy to get the ball rolling in jointness of the Indian Armed Forces.”
Chief of Air Staff RKS Bhaduria said the mission was a huge achievement as the entire modification with Sukhoi-30MKI had been done indigenously with no historical background.