The missing Sukhoi fighter jet on May 23 has been found in the forests near the china border. There are no signs of survivors. The aircraft has been found at the place where it has gone missing from the radar. The wreckage was found in a heavily forested area about 60km from Tezpur in Assam, and owing to the bad weather conditions the team may not be reaching the spot yet.
The jet went on for a routine training sortie went it gone missing on Tuesday. The Sukhoi Su-30 is a Russian made two-engine fighter meant for all weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface missions developed by Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.
IAF in the late 1900s first inducted the Su-30 planes. Since then six crashes have taken place and all of the crashes are due to technical failures in the planes. The aircraft was inducted in Tezpur air base in 2009. At present, Tezpur has two squadrons of SU-30 aircraft, each comprising 12 to 16 aircraft.
The integrated aerodynamic configuration, combined with the thrust vectoring control ability, results in high manoeuvrability and unique takeoff and landing characteristics. Equipped with a digital fly-by-wire system, the Su-30 is able to perform some very advanced manoeuvres, including the Pugachev’s Cobra and the tail slide. These manoeuvres quickly decelerate the aircraft, causing a pursuing fighter to overshoot, as well as breaking a Doppler radar-lock, as the relative speed of the aircraft drops below the threshold where the signal registers to the radar.
The aircraft features autopilot ability at all flight stages including low-altitude flight in terrain-following radar mode, and individual and group combat employment against air and ground/sea-surface targets. Automatic control system interconnected with the navigation system ensures route flight, target approach, recovery to airfield and landing approach in automatic mode.
The demand for Su-30 is being increasing and many nations are planning to buy the aircrafts. Thailand formally requested information for the possible acquisition of the Su-30MK/MK2. However, the Saab Gripen was procured instead. In February 2016, Russia and Belarus concluded a preliminary agreement that would see the export of an undisclosed number of Su-30s to Belarus. In January 2016, Armenian Defence Minister Seyran Ohanyan mentioned that Russia had discussed the possibility of supplying Su-30 fighters to Armenia during a four-day Russian-Armenian intergovernmental commission on bilateral military-technical cooperation
Indian Air Force operates the Su-30MKI variant. Russia built the early Su-30MKIs; later Su-30MKIs are assembled indigenously under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. As of March 2016, 230 MKI are in service.