Friday, January 9, 2015

IAF to be handed over first overhauled Sukhoi today

IAF to be handed over first overhauled Sukhoi today

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Nashik division, will hand over the first overhauled Sukhoi-30 aircraft to the Indian Air Force on Friday . This will be the first time ever that a used aircraft has been returned to the field. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, chief of air staff Arup Raha and HAL chairman R K Tyagi will be present on the occasion. The handing over ceremony will take place at HAL, Nashik, at 11am on Friday .
Managing director (MiG Complex) S Subrahmanyan of HAL Nashik division told TOI, “We are the first in the world to hand over an overhauled Su-30 to the Air Force after its full completion of 10 years and 1,500 hours of flight. Even Russia has not done it.“
Subrahmanyan said repair and overhaul is done for aircraft completing 10 years or 1,500 flying hours; the Sukhoi had completed both. A complete aircraft check has to be done after this period.All aircrafts come back to the aircraft division after they have completed this period.“We got more than 750 aggregates. Now, the aircraft will fly for another 10 years or 1,500 hours before it returns for an overhaul,“ he said.
The Nashik plant has manufactured 150 Sukhois from 2008, which is one of the best aircrafts in the world.

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