Saturday, May 22, 2021

Why India Simply Refuses To Retire Its Soviet-Era MiG-21 Fighter Jets?

There is a growing outcry for replacing the MiG-21 jets, which have been the backbone of the Indian Air Force. The Indian Air Force force has operated about 872 MiG-21 fighters since the time they were first inducted in the 1960s.

India’s indigenous platform Tejas, which was supposed the replace the Russian jets as IAF’s mainstay combat aircraft, took decades in development, forcing the government to continue to operate the MiG-21 aircraft.

India is now fast-tracking the procurement process for its homegrown LCA, although the deadline to meet the required squadron strength of 42 is unlikely to be met until 2030.

Although the two French Rafale squadrons are being inducted, with about 21 more MiG-29s and 12 Sukhoi-30MKIs being procured from Russia, IAF still needs the MiG-21 Bisons to hold the fort for now.

21/05/21 EurAsian Times 

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