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The Indian Air Force will extend the operation of the MiG-21 to 2015 year

The Indian Air Force will extend the operation of the MiG-21 to 2015 year

The Indian Air Force will not be able to abandon the operation of MiG-21 fighters until 2025, in particular, due to delays in signing an agreement on the supply of French Rafale fighter jets and the production of Tejas own aircraft. This was reported by the Times of India.

We are talking about 110 fighters MiG-21, upgraded in 2006 year in the version of the MiG-21bis ("Bison"). Earlier it was reported that India will completely abandon their operation by 2018-2019 years.

According to the calculations of the Indian side, by the 2022, the 42 fighter squadron will be at its disposal in comparison with the 34 units at the moment. It was assumed that Rafale will replace the MiG-21, but due to the fact that the supply agreement has not yet been signed, India will begin to replace the MiG-21 with the Russian Su-30МКИ. To date, it has adopted more than 170 Su-30МКИ from 272, ordered from Russia. By 2017, 14 squadrons of these fighters will be based in India. Air Force Commander Anil Kumar Brown said Friday that the first Rafale will be here no earlier than 2017 of the year.

The French company Dassault (Dassault), which produces Rafale, won the tender in January 2012. Under the terms of the competition, the winner pays half of the amount paid for the planes to fighter production in India. Around 110, Rafale aircraft must be manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), India, while only the first 18 are directly supplied by the supplier and delivered here in assembled form. The amount of the transaction was originally estimated at 10 billion dollars, but today it can already exceed 20 billion.

In April, India celebrated the 50 anniversary of the start of shipments of Soviet MiG-21. The agreement was signed in 1962 year, and they began a year later. In 1967, the Hindustan Aeronautics Corporation transferred the first MiG-21 to the Indian Air Force, which was built here under a license obtained from the USSR. More than 260 such fighters are still in service.
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  1. Scandinavian
    Scandinavian 7 October 2013 12: 08
    Still that workhorse !!!
    1. alone
      alone 7 October 2013 21: 01
      the plane is of course very good for its time. but nothing shines in the hands of the Indians (for so many moments their crooked-arm pilots have perished, it’s a pity for the combat vehicle
      1. Orel
        Orel 8 October 2013 06: 12
        the plane is of course very good for its time. but nothing shines in the hands of the Indians (for so many moments their crooked-arm pilots have perished, it’s a pity for the combat vehicle

        No matter how good the car is, but it also has its own resource, there is a resource of the airframe itself. Many disasters were largely due to the extreme wear and tear of the aircraft themselves ...
  2. smiths xnumx
    smiths xnumx 7 October 2013 12: 11
    The first machines of the MiG-21F type appeared in 1963, and the first machines of the MiG-21FL type appeared in 1964. Between 1966 and 1968, India received a sufficient number of "twenty firsts" from the Soviet Union. Basically, these were MiG-21FL (product "77"), delivered both assembled and disassembled. In six fighter squadrons, they supplanted types such as Mr. IVA and Vampire FB 52. Having assessed the capabilities of the new model, India decided to acquire a license for the production of this model at the HAL aircraft plant in Nasik, where the glider itself was manufactured. The engines were assembled at a plant in Orissa. An auxiliary facility in Hyderabad produced rockets and aircraft instruments. The assembly of the first Indian MiG-21FL began at the end of 1966. At the beginning of the next, the licensed "moments" were transferred to the Air Force. Initially, the machines were equipped with engines imported from the Soviet Union. It was possible to establish its own production since January 1969. On October 19, 1970, the first MiG-21FL, 60% assembled from Indian components, was transferred to the Air Force. The first meeting of the Indian MiG21 aircraft with Pakistani fighters took place on December 4, 1965, during the second Indo-Pakistani war. Then the Indian pilot managed to damage the Pakistani Saber with missiles.
    During the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war, a total of Indian MiG-21s shot down 7-8 Pakistani aircraft and damaged 1 (including 4 F-104 Starfighter, 2 F-6, 1 F-86 Saber) , 1 C-130 "Hercules." The only loss in aerial combat was the MiG-21 shot down by the Saber on December 17. In addition to being used as an interceptor, the Indian Air Force also used the MiG-21 on the eastern border to gain air supremacy and assault operations. The most impressive was the raid on the residence of the governor of East Pakistan on December 14. Six MiG-21FLs fired several volleys of 57-mm missiles at the residence, after which the governor rushed into the nearest trench and wrote a letter of resignation on a piece of paper. In 1997, the Indian MiG-21bis On August 550, 5, after the end of the Kargil War, the MiG-10bis shot down a Pakistani reconnaissance aircraft Br.1999 Atlantique with an R.21 Magic missile, knocked out a Pakistani plane Q-1150.
    In total, the Indian Air Force lost 193 MiG-21 aircraft of various modifications. Everything has been taken into account, including losses in hostilities.
    Based on materials from sites;

    MiG-21FL Indian Air Force
  3. AVV
    AVV 7 October 2013 12: 27
    The legendary plane, at one time was one of the best !!! It will also serve until other planes come to replace it!
  4. vomag
    vomag 7 October 2013 12: 46
    Knowing the habits of the Indians, I won’t be surprised if Rafal doesn’t ever appear there ever so it would be necessary for every fireman to provide for modernization, for example, in the MiG-21bis version of “Bizon M or Super +” it would also be nice to sign an agreement on an additional option of su30mki cars for 40-50 good Well, rather in a joke than in essence, imagine what would start happening on the site if the article were called (because of Serdyukov)Air force
    Russia will extend the operation of the MiG-21 until 2015.
  5. Argon
    Argon 7 October 2013 13: 13
    The news contains a number of inaccuracies that translate it into the category of gossip, if not "disinformation". And so: we are talking about the MiG-21 produced by HAL under the Soviet license for the MiG-21bis in the early mid-80s. In 2006, the program of modernization of these aircraft to the level of MiG-21-93 under a Russian license with the participation of the Mikoyan Design Bureau ... (during the operation, the name changed several times) We are not talking about replacing these machines with the Su-30MKI, since the cost of the MiG's life cycle is less than approximately five times and the cost of a flight hour three times. How seriously the Indians take these indicators (they know how to count money) is evidenced by the fact that it was the high life-cycle quality that was the first item out of 14 that influenced the fate of the MiG-35 in the MMRCA competition. I will not I would like to say that the problems with the 21s of the Indians arose from the moment they were put into service, which is caused by the initial quality of aircraft manufactured in India, plus the quality of spare parts and accessories (in Russia not officially produced since 91 d) and not the desire to organize its production at home (it is expensive, but the car is still serving). I would like to note that the aircraft of modifications bis and SMT, in terms of their flight and aerobatic qualities, stand apart from the 21x series (not for the better), which is caused by their a relatively high maximum take-off weight. To improve the lift-off ratio and controllability at the limiting angles of attack, equipped with a system for blowing the boundary layer from the wing, the system is extremely sensitive to the quality of maintenance, rather laborious, and its efficiency significantly depends on both the state of the board as a whole and climatic conditions.
    1. Su-9
      Su-9 7 October 2013 21: 43
      Yes, you're right - the article was written by someone who had no idea about MiGs. One phrase "upgraded in 2006 into a variant of the MiG-21bis" Bizon "" is worth it (actually, of course, this encore was modified into Bizon)!
      I also heard about the fact that smt flew badly from pilots in the 80s, but no one said such an encore - they just praised it on par with other MiGs.
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  7. ankh-andrej
    ankh-andrej 7 October 2013 17: 25
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