The Indian Defense Ministry is set to inaugurate the induction ceremony of Sukhoi-30 fighter squadron at the Indian Air Force (IAF) Station located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.

PTI reported air marshal Amit Tiwari as saying that the new 222 Squadron will operate with Brahmos-equipped twin-engine Sukhoi-30 air superiority fighter at the IAF Station.

The induction ceremony for the platform will take place on 20 January, providing troops with the long-reach and multi-role platform.

The 222 Squadron, also known as ‘The Tigersharks’, was originally raised at Airforce Station Ambala on 15 September 1969 with a Sukhoi-7 fighter and later with the ground-attack aircraft MiG-27.

Tiwari said that the IAF is an intrinsically strategic force and is set to extend the reach into the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

IOR borders three continents and has a significant role to play in regional peace, security and prosperity.

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Equipped with fighter aircraft armed with 2.5t air-launched 300km-range BrahMos missile, the Tigersharks are capable of striking from large stand-off ranges at sea or on land with accuracy in all weather conditions.

The missile’s capability is set to change the paradigm of maritime surveillance and security when coupled with the performance of the Sukhoi-30 MKI.

Last January, the Indian Government announced plans to increase the overhauling capacity of Sukhoi-30 fighter jets to 25 per year from the existing 12 aircraft.

In May last year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) test-fired the air version of the BrahMos missile from a Sukhoi-30 MKI multirole fighter aircraft.