To conduct checks and conduct investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash over Rajasthan earlier this month, the Indian Air Force (IAF) grounds its entire inventory of MiG-21 fighter Jet.
On May 8, a MiG-21 Bison plane flying out of Suratgarh’s air base crashed over Hanumangarh in a village. It killed three people instantly.
Senior defense officials announced the suspension of the MiG-21 fleet. While investigations are conducted, and the cause of the incident is determined.
IAF grounds MiG-21 Fighter Jets
Over the past 50 years, the Indian Air Force has included various MiG-21 aircraft versions, which are now close to being phased out. They claimed that by the beginning of 2025, all three of the Indian Air Force MiG-21 squadrons—which are the only ones still in operation—would be decommissioned.
The fighter jet that fell over Rajasthan was involved in an accident while out for a normal training mission. After the pilot’s mild injuries, an investigation was started to determine the precise reason for the crash. Three MiG-21 Bison variant squadrons are among the IAF’s 31 combat aircraft squadrons.
800 different versions of the MIG-21 fighter have been in service since it was first introduced to the IAF in the 1960s. In recent years, the MiG-21’s crash rate has drawn attention because so many aircraft have been involved in mishaps.
The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft and LCA Mark 1A and Mark 2 indigenous aircraft are among those that the IAF is considering introducing.
Stay tuned with us. Further, follow us on social media for the latest updates.