- IAF preparing to withdraw MiG-21 fighter squadron
- The plan is part of the Air Force’s modernization drive
- Played role in many important operations including Kargil war
MIG Service Termination: The Indian Air Force has set a deadline of three years to phase out the remaining four MiG-21 fighter squadrons in its fleet. People with knowledge of this said on Friday that one of these squadrons is expected to be removed in September this year. He said the IAF is also planning to phase out three squadrons of MiG-29 fighter jets in the next five years. He also said that the plan to phase out the Soviet-origin aircraft fleet is part of the IAF’s modernization drive.
The accident happened yesterday in Barmer
The Indian Air Force’s decision to withdraw the MiG-21 fighter squadron has nothing to do with the MiG-21 crash that took place last night in Rajasthan’s Barmer. Wing Commander M Rana and Flight Lieutenant Unique Bal, who were on board the aircraft, lost their lives in this accident. After this incident, the old MiG aircraft are once again in the news. People with knowledge of the development said that there are plans to remove all four squadrons of MiG-21 from the fleet by 2025.
Role in many important operations including Kargil war
The ‘number plate’ of September 30 will be ready for Squadron No. 51 based in Srinagar. ‘Number Plate’ refers to the removal of a squadron. A squadron typically consists of 17-20 aircraft. This squadron is also known as ‘Swordarms’. It was also involved in ‘Operation Safed Sagar’ during the Kargil War of 1999, as well as a campaign against India’s retaliatory action on 27 February 2019, a day after the Balakot air strike.
The IAF fleet currently has about 70 MiG-21 fighters and 50 MiG-29 aircraft. The MiG-21 has been the main fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force for a long time. However, the aircraft’s recent safety record has been extremely poor. MiG aircraft have been in the Air Force fleet since 1963.
The MiG-21 aircraft was told ‘flying coffin’
Significantly, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi on Friday termed the MiG-21 warplane of the Indian Air Force as a “flying coffin” and questioned when these aircraft will finally be removed from the IAF fleet. . Varun Gandhi said in a tweet, “The whole country is shocked and saddened by the incident in Barmer yesterday! For the past few years, the MiG-21 has been the victim of frequent accidents. This alone has claimed the lives of about 200 pilots. When will this ‘flying coffin’ be removed from our fleet?
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