New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar handed over the first overhauled Su-30 MKI to Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Nasik on Friday.
According to a government release, the handing over of the world's first overhauled Su-30 MKI coincides with 50 years of establishment of Nasik Division of the HAL.
The key personnel who were present at the function included the HAL chairman and Defence Secretary, besides a host of other dignitaries. After the keynote address by Parrikar, the world's first overhauled SU-30 MKI took to the skies, thereby demonstrating the technical prowess of the HAL.
On arrival at Ojhar airfield, the Air Chief, along with Parrikar, Defence Secretary and HAL chairman planted trees at the MiG complex of HAL. Besides the main event of handing over of the overhauled aeroplane, the Chief of Air Staff also inspected various assembly shops and the flight hangar.