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IAF retires MiG-21M, MiG-27ML squadrons

03 January 2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) retired one squadron each of its Soviet-era MiG-21M (Type 96) and MiG-27ML combat aircraft in late December 2017 in a move that marks a further decline in the IAF’s combat fleet to 32 squadrons: 10 fewer than the sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons.

Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa flew the last sortie of an IAF MiG-21M multirole fighter on 29 December from Nal-Bikaner Air Force Station (AFS) in Rajasthan: about 45 years after the first of these platforms entered service in the early 1970s.

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