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India's 74-year-old president will make something of an unusual flight Thursday, when he takes to the skies in a Russian Su-30 MKI Flanker multirole fighter-bomber
India's 74-year-old president will make something of an unusual flight Thursday, when he takes to the skies in a Russian Su-30 MKI Flanker multirole fighter-bomber, his press secretary said. It will not be the first time that Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, an aerospace and defense scientist, has personally tested military equipment. He has already been on board an Indian Navy diesel-electric submarine and is keen to continue inspecting Indian arms in future. The president will take a 30-minute trip in the two-seater aircraft, which is produced in the country under Russian license, from an Air Force base in Pune, about 160 km (100 miles) from Mumbai. "The sorties profile includes going supersonic and crossing the speed barrier," the Indian government's Press Information Bureau said in a release. "He [the president] will also be shown the capabilities of the Sukhoi 30 MKI in flight." India is planning to produce 140 Su-30MKI fighters by 2014 and is currently in talks with Moscow on the purchase of flight simulators to train piloting Russian aircraft.
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