Brand new HAL built Su-30 MKI crashes

A brand new Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter manufactured by Indian Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has crashed during a pre-delivery test flight.

Both pilots Wing Commander Prashant Nair and Squadron Leader L Biswal (Flight test Engineer) were able to eject safely.

The twin engined multi-role combat aircraft crashed after taking off from Nashik Airport, adjacent to HAL Nashik assembly line, at 11 hours in the morning.

The Su-30 MKI is the frontline air superiority and ground attack aircraft of Indian Air Force with over 200 in fleet of the 272 on order.

The aircraft is license manufactured in India by HAL since 2004.

Codenamed Flanker by the NATO, the Su-30 MKI can attain a maximum speed of Mach 2, up to 3000 km un-refueled range and up to eight tons of weapons including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles and Mid-Course Guided munitions.

The twin-engined two seat Su-30 MKI is an all-weather day-and-night flying capable aircraft with very high manoeuvrability due to its thrust vectoring AL-31F engines. The Indian custom modified MKI variant integrates Russian, Indian, Israeli and French avionics and is most capable among the Su-30 variants.

India has also locally modified the Flanker to carry the potent and precise BrahMos supersonic missile which have a range of 290 km.

India is the first country to integrate a supersonic cruise missile on the Flanker. Presently BrahMos integrated flight trials are undergoing and around 40 Flankers are planned to modified to be carry the missile.