Tuesday, December 24, 2019

'MiG 27 to pass into history, last squadron in Jodhpur'

Jodhpur: IAF's "lethal" fighter aircra Mig 27, which proved to be "ace attacker" during the 1999 Kargil war and earned nickname of 'Bahadur' from pilots, are all set to pass into the glorious history of country's air force on Friday when their last squadron of seven planes will have its last sortie from
Jodhpur airbase.
“The squadron of seven MiG 27 will have its last sortie from Jodhpur Air Base on December 27. All
the planes of this squadron will be decommissioned on this day, aer which none of them would
be flying anywhere in the country,” said defence spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh on Tuesday,
announcing the scheduled decommissioning of Russian-made MiG 27 aircra from the South West
Air Command.
A New Delhi-based IAF officer said the Jodhpur-based squadron of MiG 27 is the last one not only in SWAC but in the entire country.
"Aer decommissioning of MiG 27's last squadron from Jodhpur airbase, the aircra will pass into
history not only in India but in the entire world. No other country operates MiG 27 now," said the
oicer, requesting anonymity.
Col Ghosh said though the exact fate of this MiG 27 squadron planes is not yet known, but mostly
aer decommissioning, the planes are either used as souvenirs or returned to the base or depot or
even could be given to some other country.
24/12/19 PTI/Deccan Herald
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