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Mig 27 Retirement: Here are the other fighter jets Indian Air Force currently operates
IAF’s active fighter jets
Mirage-2000, also known as Vajra, is one of the best multi-role and deadliest aircraft in the IAF. Manufactured by Dassault, the aircraft was inducted in IAF in 1985 after Pakistan bought F-16 fighter planes from the US. The Mirage-2000 played a key role in the 1999 Kargil war and this year’s Balakot airstrike on the terror camp in Pakistan.
It is the most advanced multi-role fighter in the IAF capable of conducting air to air and air to ground strikes. Exclusively used by India, IAF currently has over 200 SU-30 fighter jets. It has a top speed of Mach 2 (2,120 kmph) little slower than Mirage’s Mach 2.5 (2,336 kmph) and is heavier than Mirage. It is equipped with a wide range of radars, missiles, bombs, and rockets.
Inducted in 1979, the twin-engine, single-seater aircraft is a deep penetration ground attack aircraft developed together by British Royal Air Force and French Air Force. Also known as Shamsher, Jaguars have the unique characteristic ability to accurately deliver heavy bomb loads at long ranges, flying low at fast speeds. This plane also has the distinction of seeing the maximum number of upgrades in nearly four decades. IAF’s six Jaguar squadrons would retire in the early 2020s.
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Known as Baaz (Hawk), the fighter jet forms the second line of defence after the Sukhoi Su-30MKI. Russia manufactured the Mig-29 in 1970s to counter the US F-Series planes like F-15 and F-16. India currently uses the upgraded version of MiG-29, the most advanced MiG-29 variant ever. It was used during the Kargil War to escort Mirage-2000 to the attack targets. IAF has three squadrons of the MiG-29s which have been undergoing upgrades for extended life.
HAL Tejas LCA
Tejas is India’s first indigenously-built light combat fighter aircraft. It was inducted in the IAF in 2016 with the first Squadron named Flying Daggers. It can fly at a maximum speed of 2,205 kmph. The current variant of the aircraft has the same role as MiG-21s. HAL is working on the follow-up versions of LCA Mk 1 (a) and LCA-Mk 2 with improved performance.
The world’s first supersonic jet aircraft, Mig-21, is a single-engine, single-seater multirole fighter/ground attack aircraft of Russian origin. It is described as the “backbone” of the IAF. The planes played a major role in the 1971 Indo-Pak War and are currently being used by the IAF as interceptors with a limited role. It still has a reputation as the world’s best fighter jet, with some 11,000 aircraft produced. Recently, it made a lot of news after the jet downed a Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 plane in air-to-air combat near LOC. India plans to replace the MiG21 Bison with the homemade Tejas LCA.Next Story
Bidding adieu to Kargil Hero- MiG-27
Last sortie of MiG-27
The Wind-down ceremony
The swing-wing fighter has been the backbone of IAF’s ground-attack fleet for several decades and the force gave a farewell to its squadron of seven aircraft from Jodhpur Air Base, officials said. Various functions were planned for the de-induction ceremony.
Fleet earned glory during Kargil conflict
The upgraded variant of this last swing-wing fleet has been the pride of the IAF strike fleet since 2006. All the other variants, such as MiG-23 BN and MiG-23 MF and the pure MiG 27 have already retired from IAF. These aircraft have made an immense contribution to the nation, both during peace and war. The fleet earned its glory in the historic Kargil conflict when it delivered rockets and bombs with accuracy on enemy positions.
About Number 29 Squadron
At present, Number 29 Squadron is the only unit in the IAF which operates MiG 27 Upgrades. Number 29 Squadron was raised on March 10, 1958, at Air Force Station Halwara with Ouragan (Toofani) aircraft. Over the years, the Squadron has been equipped with numerous types of fighter aircraft such as MiG 21 Type 77, MiG 21 Type 96, MiG 27 ML, and MiG 27 Upgrade. The Squadron is now slated to be number plated on March 31, 2020, with December 27, 2019, being its last flying day thereby making the swing-wing fleet a part of IAF’s glorious past.
Fate of MiG 27
Col Ghosh said though the exact fate of this MiG 27 squadron planes is not yet known, but mostly after decommissioning, the planes are either used as souvenirs or returned to the base or depot or even could be given to some other country. Jodhpur had two squadrons of MiG 27, of which one had been decommissioned earlier this year, he said. Next Story
Naval Air Station Oceana: Rajnath Singh visits American military airport
Rajnath Singh at Naval Air Station base, Norfolk
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Naval Air Station base at Norfolk in the US during which he observed a static display and a Boeing fighter jet demonstration.
Rajnath inside Boeing Mobile Flight Simulator
Singh, along with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, is in the US for the second 2+2 dialogue on December 17. They are being hosted by their US counterparts Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
He hoped that the strong defence ties between the two countries will further strengthen in the near future.
The visit highlighted the depth of the US-India defence partnership and the close ties between the navies of the two countries.
Singh’s visit to the naval air station gains significance given that India is seriously looking into these options of fighter jets both for its air force and navy.PTI
Breckenridge asserted that Boeing is uniquely qualified to offer mission capability rates using a scalable yet flexible solution to the Indian Navy building on successful sustainment programs that are currently being executed for the Indian Navy and Air Force.
Rajnath Singh onboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
Rajnath Singh onboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) at the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, United States.