Mig-21 the Flying Coffin
Why recently in news??
- The wing commander Abhinandan incident.
- A mig-21 jet of IAF crashed in Shoba Sar Ki Dhani area in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district.
Mig-21 (Mikoyan-Gurevich) and the Indian Air Force
- India received its first mig-21s in 1963 bought from Soviet Union.
- In 1964, the mig-21 became the first supersonic fighter jet to be inducted in the IAF.
- One year later, the 1965 Indo-Pak war happened. But mig-21 did not play much role because of lack of pilot training.
1971 Indo-Pak war
- In 1971 war the Mig-21 played a crucial role and claimed around 8 aircrafts of the Pakistan Air Force.
- The main battle between IAF’s Mig-21 and PAF’s F-104 starfighter was clearly won by Mig-21.
- After its exceptional performance in the 1971 war, several countries including Iraq approached India for Mig-21 pilot training.
- IAF trained more than 120 Iraqi pilots for the Mig-21.
1999 Kargil War
- The IAF did not primarily used Mig-21s in the war because they had become too old by that time.
An interesting case: 1999 Pak Navy Interception
- On Aug10, 1999 a Pak Navy aircraft was intercepted by two mig-21s over the Rann of Kutch & shot down.
- This incident happened a few weeks after the Kargil war. This attack killed all 15 pak navy personnels present in the aircraft.
- They were to retire by 1990s but were upgraded to Bison standard.
- India in the 1990s was not that much economically strong and hence could not buy new aircrafts for the IAF.
- Approximately 60 countries have flown the Mig-21.
- India is the last country in the world with a serious air force still using mig-21s.
The Flying Coffin
- India bought around 872 Mig-21 aircraft and out of which 482 aircrafts crashed in which half of them crashed during landing between 1971 and April 2012 as quoted by former Indian defence minister A.k. Antony.
- In these accidents around 171 pilots, 39 civilians and 8 other persons from other services died.
- Till now around 190+ pilots have died.
Why the IAF still using it??
- The total strength of the Indian Air Force is 42 squadrons and each squadron consists of 16-18 aircrafts.
- Presently the IAF has only 31 squadrons i.e. a shortage of 11 squadrons or 176-198 jets.
- That’s why mig-21 is still used. It is scheduled to be retired in 2021-22.
Major political flaw!!!
- Since 2005, India was not that much economically weaker but it was a major flaw of the govt. that it was not their top priority to buy latest fighter jets.
- In coming elections while casting votes the voters should focus on the agenda of political parties and which political party is willing to buy new fighter jets quickly and corruption free.
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