The Indian Air Force will retire one more squadron of the MiG-21 Bison aircraft by September 30 due to previous crashes involving its fleet of vintage Russian combat aircraft.
A MiG-21 Type 69 Trainer crashed on Thursday night in Barmer, Rajasthan, killing both of the pilots, including a young flight lieutenant named A Bal and wing commander named Rana.
“On September 30, the 51 Squadron, headquartered at Srinagar Air Base, will get its numbers. After this, there would only be three squadrons of the aircraft left in service, and they would be phased out by 2025 “.
Now, they claimed, one squadron of each of these aircraft would receive a number plate annually.
The 51 Squadron is renowned for shooting down an F-16 in an aircraft piloted by Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Abhinandan Varthaman on February 27, 2019, preventing Pakistan from attacking India from the air.