Uzbek Tankers Aid Indian Air Force

by Laurence on 9/25/2004 · 1 comment


The IAF is only the world’s sixth air force to acquire mid-air refuelling aircraft. By refuelling in the sky, frontline jets like the Su-30 can almost double their range of 2,500 km, making them capable of striking at targets deep within China.

In just a little more than 18 months since the IAF acquired the Il-78s from Uzbekistan, the aircraft have helped jet fighters to make long journeys to Alaska and South Africa to join international military exercises.

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Nathan Hamm September 25, 2004 at 11:21 pm

Hmmm… now I see a pattern as to where these came from.

Cool story and certainly worth noting from the “India as a rising power angle.”

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