IAF's Kargil Fighrt MIG 21 retires today after serving four decades
The Indian Fighter MIG 27 which played an important role during the Kargil war with Pakistan 20 years ago roared through the skies for the last time today.
MIG 27 was serving the backbone of the Indian Airforce’s ground attack fleet for the past four decades.
The fighter jet took to the skies one last time at the Jodhpur airbase where the only IAF squadron that operates the MiG 27 is based.
The MiG 27 currently in operation is an ungraded version inducted in 2006. It has been operating as part of the Indian Air Force's strike fleet. All the other variants, such as the MiG-23 BN & MiG-23 MF and the pure MiG 27 have already retired from Indian Air Force.
The Ministry of defence said that "These aircraft have made immense contribution to the nation, both during peace and war. The fleet earned its glory in the historic Kargil conflict when it delivered rockets & bombs with accuracy on enemy positions. The fleet also took active part in Op-Parakram,"
Various functions have been planned for the MiG 27's de-induction ceremony at Air Force Station Jodhpur. Veteran air warriors along with serving air warriors in large numbers are taking part in the ceremony. Air Marshal SK Ghotia VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief South Western Air Command will preside over the ceremony.