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India decided to withdraw from the air force MiG-21FL fighters

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India decided to withdraw from the air force MiG-21FL fighters

A ceremony will be held at the Indian Qalaikund airbase in the eastern state of West Bengal on December 11, dedicated to the withdrawal of MiG-21FL fighters from the air force, the country's Defense Ministry reported.


The ceremony will be attended by the Air Force commander Marshal aviation Norman Anil Kumal Brown, one of the first to pilot the MiG-21, and other Indian military leaders. Paying tribute to this combat aircraft, which for a long time formed the basis of Indian military aviation, the MiG-27 and Su-30MKI fighters will fly over the airbase in parade, and the MiG-21FL link will complete the parade.

# {weapon} “At this ceremony we will see these fighters for the last time in the air. Combat vehicles that opened the supersonic era of the Indian Air Force will be forever gone history military aviation ", - noted in the Ministry of Defense of India, ITAR-TASS.

“I flew these fighters for more than 10 years,” said retired air marshal Srinivasapuram Krishnaswami. “This outstanding aircraft was one of the best tactical and technical characteristics among the front-line fighters of various countries at the end of the 20th century.”

As acknowledged by the current commander-in-chief of the Indian Air Force Brown, he also “began his pilot career on the MiG-21, and then began to fly the Jaguar (co-produced in France and Great Britain).”

“I was often asked how I could transfer from one winged car to another,” he said. - To this question, I and my comrades answered: "We are flying on another plane, but our heart is still with the MiG-21."

The agreement on the licensing assembly in India MiG-21, its engines and armaments of the USSR and India signed in August 1962. Before that, India mainly bought weapon in the West.

For many years, the MiG-21 was the main striking force of the Indian Air Force, successfully used in the Indo-Pakistani war of the 1971 of the year and during the so-called Kargil conflict of the 1999 of the year.

At the same time, the MiG-21 in India was distinguished by a high accident rate.

At various times, it was reported that the MiG-21 in India will continue to fly until the 2018 year or even the 2025 year.
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  1. rrrd
    rrrd 10 December 2013 11: 56
    +2
    “This outstanding aircraft in terms of performance characteristics was one of the best among front-line fighters of different countries at the end of the XNUMXth century.”

    I completely agree!
    1. tronin.maxim
      tronin.maxim 10 December 2013 12: 11
      +2
      There is nothing eternal, therefore, Mig-21 must be changed. Thank God there are worthy successors of the glorious work!
      1. sashka
        sashka 11 December 2013 10: 22
        0
        Thank God there are worthy successors of the glorious work!
        Thinking a lot of mind is not necessary .. Here's a problem.
    2. vladimirZ
      vladimirZ 10 December 2013 13: 52
      +3
      ... a ceremony will be held on the withdrawal of the MiG-21FL fighter from the air force, the country's Defense Ministry said. (from article)


      Great tradition!
      And why in Russia, with a good aviation past, there is no such ceremony?
      Afraid to seem backward if somewhere in some other distant air garrison they fly on old cars? For example, in the mid-70s in Transbaikalia, our neighboring regiment continued to fly on the MIG-17. So what?
      Send a beautiful plane that flew away for many decades to a museum, thank the designers who created this plane, the aircraft builders who worked it at the plants, what is not a great tradition?
      1. alone
        alone 10 December 2013 23: 47
        0
        lucky for those MIG-21, which will withdraw from the Indian Air Force, otherwise the curved pilots would have smashed all the copies.
  2. Cherdak
    Cherdak 10 December 2013 12: 01
    +6
    Thanks to OKB Mikoyan and Gurevich!
  3. sashka
    sashka 10 December 2013 12: 06
    +1
    Nice plane, whatever one may say. But everything has its time .. It’s a pity not just that they’re filming. It’s just the time has come. He cannot fly endlessly. While eating strawberries in a garden in Ryazhsk, he watched a take-off. I want to say that I almost sat down. But I already sat on it. Impressive.
  4. avt
    avt 10 December 2013 12: 08
    +1
    Quote: Sasha
    Nice plane, whatever one may say. But everything has its time ..

    Yes . Time takes its toll. The airplane served notably! It’s time to rest.
    1. sashka
      sashka 10 December 2013 12: 48
      +4
      Quote: avt
      Yes . Time takes its toll

      I will repeat myself. Without prescribing the letter "e" you cannot be Russian ..
      1. avt
        avt 10 December 2013 20: 16
        +2
        Quote: Sasha
        Without prescribing the letter "e" you cannot be Russian ..

        Ayayayat me, and maybe you are driving after a warning? Well, I didn’t master the dots on the keyboard on top of the letter E. By the way, but what about quotes and quotes on the Aglitz manera ??
        Quote: Sasha
        "yo"
        Why are the front ones not below but above? Disguise yourself as a Russian, but here we are to clean the water and brought it out, praying. laughing
  5. makarov
    makarov 10 December 2013 12: 20
    +1
    Maybe they still have time to sell Croatia? Recently there was after all infa that Croatia buys similar units, the problem is only to change the plates.
  6. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 10 December 2013 12: 32
    0
    “I was often asked how I could transfer from one winged car to another,” he said. - My friends and I answered this question: “We are flying on another plane, but our heart is still with the MiG-21”
    Moloyan good
  7. sashka
    sashka 10 December 2013 12: 42
    +2
    Moloyan
    29 oh, also not bad. And even very. But Mig-21 is History. Entering History is the problem.
  8. complete zero
    complete zero 10 December 2013 14: 38
    0
    Legendary Car - You Can't Say Nothing
  9. mountain
    mountain 10 December 2013 14: 57
    0
    Accurately told the story and to the same glorious.
  10. Ivanovich47
    Ivanovich47 10 December 2013 15: 09
    0
    Having left the century of the 20, the century of the birth, formation and development of aviation, the MiG-21 entered the 21 century, carrying out tasks along with 4,5 generation fighters. Ingenious car. Big accident of the Indian Air Force? So they basically let them out themselves.
  11. Kolovrat77
    Kolovrat77 10 December 2013 17: 35
    +2
    When my daughter and I talked about art, I said, you know, modern artists learn to scribble paper for a long time, and then they cut icons in squares or sell poop in banks — they don’t want anything else or don’t want it. I showed her MiGs from 1 to 29 and explained that technological progress is forcing designers to create masterpieces. I am a techie, but not a flyer or a designer of airplanes, and I evaluate airplanes purely by eye and MiGs are wonderful- EVERYTHING. But my heart belongs to 23. Why am I, but yes, MiGs are leaving quietly, but they are leaving, it seems the genus of the Great Aircraft is interrupted. Sorry.

    P.S. Off-topic, I guess, it’s flooded.
    1. sashka
      sashka 11 December 2013 10: 19
      0
      Off-topic, I guess, it’s flooded.
      Believe me, you yourself are.
  12. dengy12
    dengy12 10 December 2013 19: 55
    0
    right now to them pen.do.s aviation lovers will accumulate decommissioned blinks they buy (MIGs) there are very popular
    1. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 10 December 2013 22: 27
      0
      Quote: dengy12
      right now to them pen.do.s aviation lovers will accumulate decommissioned blinks they buy (MIGs) there are very popular


      Quite worthy "second life", not every car gets it. They will fly on instead of being scrapped for many years to come.