Kersi D wrote:
There are 7 known MKI squadrons - 2, 8 20, 24, 30, 31 and 102. If all of them are filled to capacity, the total will come to around 140 including reserves. So that number is not far off. I doubt if it is the exact number anyway.
Any idea where they are based ?IIRC
No 2, Tezpur
No 8, Bareilly
No 20, Pune
No 24, Bareilly
No 30, Pune
No 31, ????
No 102 Chabua
According to this news article
, it mentions Jodhpur (October 2011-):
Now, SU-30 fighter squadron in Jodhpur
TNN Oct 1, 2011, 11.04AM IST
JODHPUR: State-of-the-art premier multirole fighters, SU-30 Squadron of IAF will be stationed at the Jodhpur air base from Sunday.
With this induction, strike capability of IAF in Rajasthan has gained far reaching advantage and the air defence of the country has become impregnable . The squadron taking on to the western skies with its lethal strike force, multirole function and weaponry carrying capability will give unassailable advantage to IAF in this sector, defence spokesperson Col S D Goswami said.
Here is another article
IAF to deploy more fighter aircraft along Pak border
PTI Apr 20, 2011, 09.03pm IST
JODHPUR: Strengthening its presence along Pakistan border, the Indian Air Force will deploy two squadrons of its frontline air superiority Su-30MKI fighter here.
"We have decided to deploy two squadrons of Su-30MKI fighter squadrons in Jodhpur in next two years," South Western Air Command chief Air Marshal A K Gogoi told reporters here.
Gogoi is on a three-day visit to the air force bases in and around Jodhpur.
Jodhpur will be the first Su-30MKI base along the Pakistan border. Till now, the IAF has deployed its main strike fighter in Lohegaon near Pune, Bareilly, and Tezpur and Chabua in Assam.
IAF also plans to deploy the aircraft at its Halwara air base in Punjab.
IAF has started operating Su-30s in high-altitude areas too and its squadrons on a regular basis practice flights from the Leh air base in Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking about strengthening air surveillance capabilities, Gogoi said Medium Power Radars have been deployed under the Command, which will be the first one to use them.
From what it looks to be, here is what the basing will be for the next 5 x Su-30MKI squadrons:
- Jodhpur -> No.31 + 1 future squadron = 2 squadrons total
- Tezpur -> No.2 + 1 future squadron = 2 squadrons total
- Chabua -> No.102 + 1 future squadron = 2 squadrons total
- Halwara -> 2 future squadrons
That will bring the total to 12 MKI squadrons (2 each @ Pune, Bareilly, Tezpur, Chabua, Jodhpur, and Halwara). It still leaves another 2 squadrons left to be decided on its basing. We will need to keep a look out for any new base that is mentioned by the IAF in the near future.