India is taking action to bring the entire Soviet fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-29 fighters to the ground. By 2025, the Indian Air Force will deploy her four MiG-21 squadrons. The online defense portal reports that three MiG-29 squadrons will remain banned by his 2027.
Indian media commented that the Indian Air Force and IAF leadership had prepared plans for three years and five years, respectively, to carry out the mission. As early as September, the first MiG-21 squadron will be suspended and retired.
The Soviet IAF MiG-21 is in poor condition. Obsolete and nearly unsustainable, New Delhi is trying to reduce its reliance on Soviet and Russian fighters. Indian experts say the decision to shoot down the MiG-21 has nothing to do with the plane that crashed in Bahmer, Rajasthan this Thursday (July 28).
His MiG-21 squadron in India consists of his 17-20 aircraft. However, the performance of these aircraft is very poor. Otherwise, the MiG-21 has long been the backbone of the Indian Air Force. This aircraft has a wealth of military history in IAF inventory. There were operations against the 1999 Kargil conflict and the retaliation of Pakistan on February 27, 2019. As part of the IAF, the MiG-21 shot down one or more enemy fighters.
“We are also planning to abolish the MiG-29 fleet, and this process will begin within the next five years,” said an Indian Defense Ministry official.
India is in the process of completely reviewing its combat-based aerial combat capabilities. Apart from New Delhi, which already produces his own HAL TEJAS MK-1 and MK-2 models, New Delhi has made some impressive purchases in this area over the last two years. Currently, 36 new Dassault Rafale fighters are guarding the Indian sky. Military experts predict that the F / A-18 Super Hornet will expel his MiG-29 from an Indian aircraft carrier. India continues to produce licensed Sukhoi Su-30MKI with excellent performance.
Last but not least, New Delhi is preparing to equip its army with a fifth-generation fighter currently in development. The project is worth $5 billion to develop a medium fighter with low penetration. India strongly hopes that this fighter will significantly boost the Asian nation’s air power.