MiG-21 fighter aircraft again in the news, once America was afraid of its supersonic speed

MiG-21 fighter aircraft again in the news, once America was afraid of its supersonic speed

The Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 Bison fighter plane crashed in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday afternoon. Captain Ashok Gupta, a group of the Air Force, was martyred in this accident. The accident happened when the MiG-21 was taking off for Bison Combat Exercise. Earlier on 5 January, there was also a MiG-21 Bison crash at Suratgarh airbase of Rajasthan. However, the pilot was saved safely in that accident. The Indian Air Force, which has been operating the aircraft since 1964, has been named Flying Coffin (flying coffin), given its crash record. The MiG-21, built in 1959, was one of the first supersonic fighter aircraft to fly at the fastest speed in its time. Because of its speed, America was also afraid of this fighter aircraft of the erstwhile Soviet Union. This is the only aircraft that has been used by around 60 countries around the world. The MiG-21 is currently serving in the Air Force of many countries including India. The MiG-21 is the largest number of supersonic fighter jets ever built in the history of aviation. So far, 11496 units have been built.

Pakistani F-16 was shot down by Abhinandan from the MiG-21 itself


The MiG-21 Bison is the same fighter aircraft through which the Pakistani F-16 was shot down by the Indian Air Force wing commander Abhinandan after Balakot Airstrike. However, Pakistan has never openly accepted this truth. Because, it was neither confessed to the US nor to Pakistan to beat the nearly 60-year-old fighter aircraft, the F-16, the modern fighter aircraft called the backbone of the Pakistani Air Force. Indeed, Russia developed it to use against the US only during the Cold War. China produces this aircraft under the name of Chengdu J-7. India is the third largest country in the world to use this aircraft after Russia and China. However, there is talk of replacing it with the indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft in the future.

MiG holds the record for most wars fought by India


The MiG-21 Bison has participated in most wars from India. Although India has many fighter aircraft, but on most occasions the Indian Air Force uses this fighter aircraft. The operational cost and maintenance of this aircraft is lower than many other fighter aircraft. Under the India license, this aircraft is produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, so a little help was needed from Russia to upgrade it. It is the best fighter and interceptor fighter aircraft of its class. This is the reason why India still operates in large numbers on this fighter aircraft near the LoC and Pakistan-linked border. When, on 27 February, after Balakot, Pakistani fighter aircraft entered the air of India, the first patrol aircraft that was patrolling nearby at that time was sent by India. A few minutes later, it reached the Pakistani F-16 and embarked on a mission to chase them away. Surprising the F-16 at its speed, it not only forced Pakistani fighter jets to flee, while Wing Commander Abhinandan shot down Pakistan’s F-16 with his MiG-12.

The MiG-21 joined the Indian Air Force in 1964.


In 1964, the MiG-12 fighter aircraft was inducted into the Indian Airforce as the first supersonic fighter jet. Initially these jets were made in Russia and then India also acquired the rights and technology to assemble the aircraft. After this, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) started production of MiG-21 fighter aircraft under license from 1967. Russia stopped manufacturing this aircraft in 1985, but India has been using its upgraded variants. The MiG-21 also played an important role in the 1971 and 1999 Kargil wars with Pakistan. The MiG-21 is an upgraded version of the Bison fighter aircraft MiG-21. Due to which it can be used for the next 3 to 4 years. This version is used only by the Indian Air Force. Other countries use different variants of it. As of September 2018, the Air Force had about 120 MiG-21 aircraft.

These are the characteristics of MiG-21 Bison


MiG-21 Bison Fighter Aircraft The MiG is capable of attack with several lethal aircraft short range and medium range aircraft missiles. The speed of this fighter aircraft is 2229 kilometers per hour, which was the fastest flying fighter aircraft at that time. Its range was around 644 km, although the Bison upgraded version of India can fly for about 1000 km. It has a turbojet engine, which gives the supersonic speed to the aircraft. During the Vietnam War, these planes plagued the American Air Force while fighting on behalf of the then Communist government of Vietnam. The condition was that the US had to deploy 6–6 fighter jets to surround a MiG-21 fighter aircraft. In the area where the Vietnamese Communist government’s MiG-21 used to fly, the US did not forget to send any of its helicopters in that area. However, many MiG-21s were also dropped due to the number of US fighter aircraft and deadly missiles.

177 crores worth of a MiG-21


A unit of a MiG-21 fighter aircraft is worth about 177 crore rupees ($ 25.1 billion). When it started construction, it was worth about 20 crores rupees (29 million dollars). It was designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in 1950. It is an engined fighter aircraft.


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