The Mikoyan MiG-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF), which played an important role in the Kargil War, was decommissioned on Friday. The IAF has bid farewell to its squadron of seven MiG-27s from Jodhpur airbase after it served the force for more than three decades. These aircraft were included in the IAF fleet in 1985.
Regarding the MiG-27, the PRO of Ministry of Defence tweeted, “#MiG27, Swing wing #fighteraircraft of the #IndianAirForce will have its sunset (last) flight at AFS, Jodhpur today. Earned its glory in #KargilWar. Also took part in Op Parakram and many other tactical operations.”
In the war of Kargil, the MiG-27 fired rockets and bombs on enemy targets.
The defence ministry said on Thursday that the upgraded version of the swing-wing fleet had been the pride of the IAF’s strike fleet since 2006. All other versions, like the MiG-23BN and MiG-23MF and the pure MiG-27, have already retired from the force.
The ministry said that the fleet of MiG-27 achieved glory during the historic Kargil War when it dropped rockets and bombs accurately at enemy targets. This fleet also played an active role in Operation Parakram. Number 29 Squadron was the only unit to operate the MiG-27 upgraded aircraft in the IAF.
The improved version of MiG-27 participated in many national and international exercises. The ministry said that the squadron was established on 10 March 1958 at the Air Force Station Halwara with Ouragan (Toofani) aircraft.
The IAF had tweeted yesterday, “#AdieuMiG27 Indian Air Force bids farewell to the mighty MiG-27 tomorrow. The aircraft will be decommissioned in a grand ceremony to be held at Air Force Station Jodhpur on 27 Dec 19.”
Today, the force tweeted, “This formidable ground-attack fighter aircraft has served the Nation for over three decades. Inducted in 1985, MiG-27 has been the mainstay of IAF’s ground attack capability. It has participated in all major #IAF operations and has played a stellar role in the 1999 Kargil War.”