Jodhpur: A MiG-27 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed into a building in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur today. Both pilots ejected safely. At least two people have been injured.
The crash occurred near the Jodhpur air base while the fighter jet was on a routine sortie. The Air Force has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident, reported news agency.
The MiG-27s are one of the oldest aircraft of Indian Air Force and will be phased out soon. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had earlier said that all MIG-27s which have not been upgraded will be phased out in the next couple of years after the introduction of Rafale jets and the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’.
“Mig-27, specially the ones which have not been upgraded, are going to be retired from service. They have served well for the country. We have plans to retire them in the next 2-3 years time,” he told reporters in November last year.
Soviet-designed MiG-27 fighter jets, known as the Bahadhur (Brave) in the IAF, have been produced in India under license since 1986.