NEW DELHI: India to stop all its Soviet MiG-21 fighters by 2025, after death of two officers in a crash, latest in a series of casualties involving a single-engine jet failure, newspaper reported on Saturday.
Time of India quoted unnamed Indian Air Force officials as saying the MiG-21 had long been past their retirement, but they must be replaced before they are put on the ground.
The report does not indicate which part of This will affect the capabilities of Indian fighters. Vion news exit said air force has about 70 MiG-21s. air force and the Ministry of Defense buy aircraft from Western manufacturers in last years.
BUT senior Ministry of Defence official declined to confirm or deny the Times of India report telling Reuters only that discussions on in future of MiG-21s were underway because of spare parts from Russia were increasingly difficult because of the war in Ukraine.
The representative of the Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to a message with a request comment.
The MiG-21, nicknamed “flying coffins” by the Indian press, was the country’s main weapon. key jet fighter since its inception in 1963, but he was haunted by accidents in later years.
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The planes were critical safety asset in India military infrastructure used for example of targeting neighboring rival Pakistan after an alleged suicide attack in disputed Kashmir region in 2019.
on Thursday crash of en air force MiG-21 Bizon in desert state of Rajasthan brings six number of MiG-21 crashed last year, with five officers killed, according to official data and source.
In 2012, the then Minister of Defense A.K. Anthony said parliament what more how half of 872 Indian MiG-21s crashed. over the previous four decades.