India to stop using Mig-21Bis by 2019

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  1. mikhail

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    The Indian Air Force will be operating its fleet of about 120 MiG-21Bis fighters until 2019, that is, two years later than they were originally scheduled to be decommissioned, said Norman Anil Kumar Browne, Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.

    The decision by the Indian Air Force is due to the delay in the commissioning of India’s own HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) and the purchase of 126 French Rafale fighters.

    The Indian Ministry of Defence had previously announced that the MiG-21Bis would be decommissioned in 2017; however, there was an almost three-year delay in the achievement of initial combat readiness by the HAL Tejas LCA (until late 2013). Further, the deal for Rafale fighters has stalled, and the official contract is yet to be finalised.

    According to Browne, India has purchased 874 MiG-21 fighters of various modifications since 1964. Of the total, 264 fighters are still operational. The MiG-21Bis’ Super Kopyo multimode radar system and French-made Totem 221G ring-laser gyro aiming-navigation system are enough for the Indian Air Force to continue using the MiG-21Bis up until 2019.

    Meanwhile, three out of the 69 Indian MiG-29B/S fighters have been modernised in Russia as part of a $964 million contract signed in 2009. Three more fighters will be delivered to India in late 2013.

    The remaining 63 MiG-29 fighters will be modernised at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) premises in Nashik and the 11th aircraft repair plant of the Indian Air Force in 2015–2016. These planes will be equipped with the new Klimov RD-33MK engine, the Zhuk-ME phased array radar produced by Fazotron-NIIR and the Vympel R-77 beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile.
    India to stop using MiG-21Bis in 2019 | idrw.org
    that means out of the 264 operational Mig-21 in the IAF the remaining 144 or so are Mig-21Bison variants as we all know that the IAF has retired all other variants of Mig-21 from its active fleet.can anybody confirm the actual no. of Mig-21Bison operated by the IAF? @Kunal Biswas sir
     
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  3. Kunal Biswas

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    MIG-21 bis are still active and in large numbers besides bisons, I am assuming there were 150 bision in IAF..
     
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    from SIPRI,

    so I think the no. is 125
    also from wiki
    though there is no citation.
     
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    120 bisons are serving as per IAF but since i read this i noticed two mig-21 bison crash during training sortie. so 118 now i guess
     
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    india should have stopped using MIG-21 long time back in 1990. ab to bahut der ho gaye
     
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    Clear V-Shorad tender and swiftly proceed SR-SAM missile system MBDA Maitri to maintain threat levels........:thumb::sad:
     

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