The Number 4 Squadron (Oorials) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) based at Air Force Station Uttarlai (Barmer) is transitioning from the MiG-21 to the Su-30 MKI. A formal induction ceremony took place at Air Force Station Uttarlai on October 30, 2023, with a combined flypast by the MiG-21 and Su-30 MKI, marking the last MiG-21 sortie for the squadron.
- This transition is a significant moment in the squadron’s history, as it had been operating the MiG-21 since 1966.
- The MiG-21 was the first supersonic fighter in service of the IAF and was inducted in 1963, participating in major conflicts.
- The induction of the Su-30 MKI aircraft reflects the IAF’s commitment to modernization and safeguarding the nation’s skies.
- The conversion of the squadron to Su-30 MKI means that the IAF now operates only two squadrons of the MiG-21.
- The IAF aims to phase out the MiG-21 aircraft by the year 2025.
Q.: Which aircraft was the first supersonic fighter in service with the Indian Air Force?
A) Su-30 MKI
C) Mirage 2000
Ans : B) MiG-21