MiG-21 Crash

  • A MiG-21 fighter jet of IAF crashed near Rajasthan’s Suratgarh.

About MiG 21

  • The MiG-21s are among the six fighter jets presently flown by
  • The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21s are single engine, single-seater multi-role fighter/ground attack aircraft designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union/Russia.
  • First inducted by India in 1963.
  • Over the period, India has procured over 700 MiG-21 aircraft of different variantsType-77, Type-96 and BIS.
    • The latest of them are the MiG-21 Bison.
  • The aircraft in the past had proved their mettle in wars of 1965, 1971 and 1999 Kargil conflict.
  • Accidents- As per available government data, close to 500 MiG-21s have crashed in the last 60 years, killing over 170 pilots with varying causes.
  • Phasing out of MiGs
    • In September 2022, the No. 51 squadron based in Srinagar was number plated (meaning retired from service).
    • The three MiG-21 Bison squadrons are planned to be phased out by December 2025 and will be replaced by the indigenous LCA Tejas
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