Indian pilots of Su-30MKI fighters participated in military exercise in UK

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Indian pilots of Su-30MKI fighters participated in military exercise in UK and demonstrated their skills. According to pilots of the Royal Air Force, who participated in the Exercise Indradhanush IV, Su-30MKI fighters appeared to be a “tough nut” able to put up a fight above a foreign country thousand kilometers away from their home base.

Not only single fighters and pairs took part in the training air combat; the exercises were also held in “squadron versus squadron” format (other sources reported that only four Su-30MKI jets were involved). Participants of the military exercise wore a special chevron on their uniform depicting Indian and British insignias as well as the name of the exercise.

There were no official comments related to comparison between Sukhoi Su-30MKI and Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon. However, in the course of an informal conversation the following was said: “According to English pilots, despite light Typhoon having higher thrust-to-weight ratio compared to heavy Sukhoi aircraft, this advantage was compensated by the thrust-vectoring nozzle of Su-30MKI. We remind you that EJ200 engines of Eurofighter are not fitted with the thrust-vectoring nozzles”.

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