Mig-27 aircrafts has earned the the moniker 'Bahadur' from IAF pilots for the lethal role they had played during the 1999 Kargil War (@IAF_MCC)
Mig-27 aircrafts has earned the the moniker 'Bahadur' from IAF pilots for the lethal role they had played during the 1999 Kargil War (@IAF_MCC)

Farewell MiG 27: IAF's Kargil star Bahadur takes to skies one last time. See pics

  • MiG 27 swing-wing fighter aircraft has been the backbone of ground attack fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF) for the past four decades
  • The upgraded variant of this last swing-wing fleet has been the pride of IAF strike fleet since 2006

Indian Air Force (IAF ) today conducts the de-induction ceremony of Mig -27 aircrafts, one of the most prominent fighter jets that has several glorious records to its name. The ceremony took place at Air Force Station, Jodhpur.

Mig-27 aircrafts has earned the the moniker 'Bahadur' from IAF pilots for the lethal role they had played during the 1999 Kargil War. The fleet earned its glory in the historic Kargil conflict when it delivered rockets and bombs with accuracy on enemy positions.

The swing-wing fighter aircraft has been the backbone of ground attack fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF) for the past four decades.

The upgraded variant of this last swing-wing fleet has been the pride of IAF strike fleet since 2006.

All the other variants, such as MiG-23 BN and MiG-23 MF and the pure MiG 27 have already retired from IAF.

The fleet earned its glory in the historic Kargil conflict when it delivered rockets and bombs with accuracy on enemy positions,
The fleet earned its glory in the historic Kargil conflict when it delivered rockets and bombs with accuracy on enemy positions,

These aircraft have made an immense contribution to the nation, both during peace and war. The fleet also took an active part in Op-Parakram. The upgraded version, because of its survivability has also participated in numerous national and international exercises. Presently, Number 29 Squadron is the only unit in the IAF which has been operating MiG 27 Upgrades.

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These aircraft have made an immense contribution to the nation, both during peace and war. The fleet also took an active part in Op-Parakram. The upgraded version, because of its survivability has also participated in numerous national and international exercises. Presently, Number 29 Squadron is the only unit in the IAF which has been operating MiG 27 Upgrades.

Number 29 Squadron was raised on March 10, 1958, at Air Force Station Halwara with Ouragan (Toofani) aircraft. Over the years, the Squadron has been equipped with numerous types of fighter aircraft such as MiG 21 Type 77, MiG 21 Type 96, MiG 27 ML and MiG 27 Upgrade. The Squadron is now slated to be number plated on March 31, 2020, with December 27, 2019, being its last flying day thereby making the swing-wing fleet a part of IAF's glorious past.

The fleet also took an active part in Op-Parakram.
The fleet also took an active part in Op-Parakram.

The Number 29 Squadron is the only unit in the IAF operating the MiG-27 upgrades. The upgraded version, because of its survivability, has participated in numerous national and international exercises.

Various functions have been planned towards the de-induction ceremony.

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 would be presiding over the wind-down ceremony.

MiG 27 swing-wing fighter aircraft has been the backbone of ground attack fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF) for the past four decades.

*With Inputs from Agencies

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