Barmer : Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter crashed in Barmer, Rajasthan and both the pilots were martyred. The twin seater MiG-21 trainer taking off from Uttarlai airbase crashed near Bhimda village while taking off at around 9.10 pm.
The MiG-21 should have been retired long ago. But huge delays in induction of new fighters, especially the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), mean that the Indian Air Force is yet to upgrade four MiG-21 squadrons (1618 jets each) to ‘Bison’ standards. operates even after.
The MiG-21, which has the world’s highest landing and take-off speed of 340 km/h, is of 1960s design vintage and largely devoid of modern systems with built-in safety nets.