MiG 21s to be phased out from 2014: Antony

MiG 21s, which have often been involved in frequent crashes, will start getting phased out from 2014.

New Delhi: MiG 21s, which have often been
involved in frequent crashes, will start getting phased out
from 2014 setting the stage for giving the IAF a "new look"
with the induction of modern next generation aircraft.

"MiG 21s which constitute around 40 per cent of the IAF
fleet will start getting phased out from 2014... With the
induction of modern next generation aircraft such as the FGFA
and MMRCA, the IAF will be a new look force," Defence Minister
A K Antony said. Indian Air Force(IAF) is on course to induct
Su-30MKI, Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft and 126 new
medium-multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA).

Antony was addressing a meeting of Parliament`s
Consultative Committee of the Defence Ministry on the
state-owned aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL).

The IAF has already begun the process of phasing out the
older variants of the MiG 21s and it is expecting to complete
the process by the end of 2017.

Last year, a total of seven fighter aircraft had crashed
of which six were MiG 21 variants.

The IAF) has inducted a total of 946 MiG-21s in its fleet
and 476 of them have been lost in various accidents over the
past 45 years.

In a recent report, the ministry acknowledged that most
of these accidents had occurred due to obsolete technology.

PTI

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