- The IAF bought about 870 MiG-21 fighters in the early 1960s, and they have been a key part of India's improvement in its ability to fight in the air.
- The MiG-21, which was a powerful fighter plane in the 1970s, is ending its service.
When the MiG-21 Bison planes flew off over Uttarlai, Barmer district, Rajasthan, on October 31, 2023, it was a major turning point in the history of flight. The MiG-21 Bison and the Su-30 MKI flew together without any problems, marking the end of an age and showing how the Indian Air Force (IAF) is changing all the time.
People from all three forces were present at this ceremony. The MiG-21 Bison is being retired to make way for India’s own Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark-1A jets. There is a careful plan to gradually get rid of these old planes, of which there are currently about 50 across three units.
The MiG-21 Squadron, which is affectionately called “OORIALS,” has loyally served the country for about 60 years, making important contributions to war efforts during Indo-Pak battles.
After using the MiG-21 since 1966, the OORIALS unit is now making a change and will soon be flying the futuristic Sukhoi-30 MKI instead. This change shows how determined the IAF is to update its planes and keep the air of the country safe.
A event at the Air Force Station marked the change from the MiG-21 Bison Sqn based at Air Force Station Utarlai to the Su-30MKI fighter helicopter.
On October 31, a historic event happened in the town of Uttarlai in Barmer, Rajasthan: the Indian Air Force’s No. 4 squadron’s MiG-21 Bison fighter plane made its last flight. The plane had been a regular member of the service for many years. This flight not only marked the end of an age, but it also showed how the Indian Air Force is always changing.
IAF Chief of Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary explained this change by saying that the MiG-21s will be retired fully by 2024, and the LCA Mark-1A will take their place.
The IAF bought about 870 MiG-21 fighters in the early 1960s, and they have been a key part of India’s improvement in its ability to fight in the air. Concerns about safety have, however, tarnished the plane’s service past.
People on social media are feeling a lot of different things as the MiG-21 Bison takes its last bow. On X, people have said what they think, and one person has thought about how important the MiG-21 is to history: “The MiG-21, which was a powerful fighter plane in the 1970s, is ending its service.” During the 1971 war, it was very important and bombed many towns in Pakistan. Everything has a time. Tejas, which have better technology, will replace the MiG force.
The retirement of the MiG-21 Bison is a sign of the IAF’s progress toward modernization and its unshakable dedication to using cutting-edge Indian aircraft technology to protect the country.