IAF’s Sukhoi-30 aircraft missing near China border after taking off from Tezpur

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An Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30MKI jet went missing today after taking off from the Tezpur base camp in Assam, sources said. According to official sources, the Su-30MKI aircraft took off from Tezpur today on a routine training mission but lost radar and radio contact around 60 km north of Tezpur.

Tezpur Air force station is located 172 km from the China border.

According to reports, the region was witnessing bad weather when the multi-role fighter jet lost control with the ground control. The jet made last contact with ground support at about 11.30 am when it was around 60 km from Tezpur air force station.

In March, a Sukhoi-30 crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer while it was on a routine sortie.

Both the pilots had managed to eject safely.

India and Russia had in March signed two agreements for long-term maintenance and technical support for Russian-made Su-30MKI fighter jets of the Indian Air Force. The combat jets have been facing engine trouble and serviceability issues since long.

Currently, the IAF operates around 230 Su-30MKI fighter jets and as per the agreements, Russian defence majors United Aircraft Corporation and the United Engine Corporation will render technical support and provide maintenance services and spares for the fleet for a period of five years.

Details awaited.

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