Indian SWAC Gets Su-30MKI Squadrons, Akash SAM and Advanced Radar System

The Indian Air Force’s south west air command (SWAC) will have a
Su-30MKI squadron permanently based at Jodhpur sometime in the next two
years, according to air marshal AK Gogoi, AOC-in-C of SWAC. Speaking
here on Wednesday, air marshal Gogoi said the air force was
strengthening itself and would be able to deal with any sort of threat
especially from Pakistan and China.

Air marshal Gogoi was on a three-day visit to the Jodhpur air base, the headquarters of SWAC, his first after assuming command.

Talking about the deployment of the DRDO-developed medium range,
surface-to-air, Akash missile, air marshal Gogoi, two squadrons of these
missiles were soon be deployed, of which one will be at Pune, which
falls under SWAC’s command. The other deployment would be at Gwalior.

“Besides this, six more squadrons will be deployed in the region to check any threat from China,” he added.

The air marshal also said the IAF was expecting an increase in the
number of fighter squadrons after 2012. The force has been facing
shortage of aircraft for a considerable period of time.

“The number of aircraft squadrons is going down so some bases do not
have the required squadrons. Only after 2012, when we start to increase
the number of squadrons, we can expect permanent basing,” Gogoi said