IAF to retire one more MiG-21 squadron by end of September, entire fleet by 2025

A day after two pilots died in a MiG-21 fighter jet crash, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reportedly retire another squadron of MiG-21 Bison aircraft by September 30.

The news agency says that 51 Squadron at Srinagar Air Base is being numbered on September 30. After that, only three squadrons of the aircraft will remain in service and will be phased out by 2025. The year This was reported by sources in the IAF.

The IAF is replacing the MiG-21 fighter jets with more capable aircraft such as the Su-30 and indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA). During the last 20 months, 6 MiG-21 aircraft have crashed in which five pilots lost their lives. The year.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Thursday night, killing both pilots. Barmer District Collector Lok Bindu told this PTI That an IAF plane crashed near Bhimda village in Bitu.

The IAF said in a tweet that the twin-seater MiG-21 trainer aircraft was in the air for a training flight from Rajasthan’s Uttaralai Air Base this evening. Around 9:10 pm, the aircraft crashed near Barmer. Both pilots sustained serious injuries.

The IAF said it deeply regrets the loss of life and stands firmly with the bereaved families. A court of inquiry has been ordered to find out the causes of the accident.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary after the accident. The IAF chief briefed Singh in detail about the incident.

Singh expressed grief over the death of the two pilots and condoled with the bereaved families. Deeply saddened by the loss of two Air Warriors due to the crash of an IAF MiG-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan. His services to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief,” the defense minister tweeted.

The crash once again casts a spotlight on the IAF’s aging fleet of Soviet-origin Mig-21s, which have been involved in nearly 200 accidents since their first induction in the early 1960s.

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