Indian Flankers In Town

SHAH ALAM: Indian Flankers in Town. The Indian Air Force contingent which took part in Exercise Pitch Black in Australia for the last three weeks, arrived in Subang today. The stop-over had been planned since the IAF announced it was to take part in Australian exercise last year. Ex Pitch Black which started on July 24 ended on Aug. 17.

The IAF aircraft which arrived today was four Sukhoi Su-30MKI Flanker fighters and two airlifters, a C-17A Globemaster and a C-130J Hercules. The Sukhois are from the 102 Sqdn Trisonics from Chabua air station, Assam, India.

IAF Flankers breaking over Darwin airport during Ex Pitch Black. RAAF picture

As of 2pm however only the Globemaster and four Sukhois had landed at Subang with the Hercules arriving later in the afternoon.

IAF Globemaster on finals to Subang

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A (Airbus A330 MRTT) which provided aerial refueling support for the Flankers also landed Subang shortly after the arrival of their IAF contingent which flew direct from Darwin, Australia.

RAAF KC-30A which supported the IAF contingent on finals to Subang.

An IAF Il-78 tanker had provided aerial refueling support during the IAF contingent outbound sortie from India. On this leg, the IAF contingent had made an overnight stop-over in Surabaya, Indonesia.

IAF Flanker on finals on runway 15 as a Malindo ATR waits to take off.

Although the IAF contingent stop-over had been made known since January, there is no official announcement of their program in Malaysia – apart from the name of the exercise, Ex Elang Shakti – for the next few days. The contingent is scheduled to depart for India on Aug. 23.

— Malaysian Defence

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