Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Monday inducted the first Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft squadron at the Thanjavur airbase here.
DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy was also present during the ceremony. A water salute was also given to the fighter aircraft at the induction ceremony of the 222 'Tigersharks' fighter squadron. This is the first SU-30MKI fighter aircraft squadron in South India which will also be into a maritime role.
The SU-30MKI fighters in Thanjavur are being equipped with the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles which can hit targets at around 300 kilometres with precision.