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IAF to Deploy More Combat Jets and Radars

1 August 2011

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to deploy more Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and radars in the north-eastern part of the country.

The IAF is also planning to replace the old radars to enhance its air defence capabilities in the eastern part, according to Air Marshal KK Nohwar.

IANS quoted Nohwar as saying, "Two more squadrons of Sukhois will be inducted by 2015 in the region."

The IAF has already inducted the first Su-30 squadron at Tezpur followed by a single Su-30 deployment at Chabua, Assam, with the squadron strength slated to increase to 18.

The two bases are within striking distance of the India-China border along Arunachal Pradesh, India.

The proposed decision forms part of a strategic deployment of advanced assets close to the Chinese border, and follows repeated instances of Chinese incursions in Arunachal Pradesh in recent years.