Air Force Station Uttarlai, Barmer: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has made a historic move, with its Number 4 Squadron (Oorials) transitioning from the MiG-21 aircraft to the more formidable Su-30 MKI. This transition marks the end of the MiG-21 era in the IAF, as the aircraft had served the nation since 1966.
The Su-30 MKI is a twinjet multirole fighter aircraft developed by Russia's Sukhoi and India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is a highly capable aircraft, equipped with advanced avionics and weapons systems. The Su-30 MKI will significantly enhance the IAF's air combat capabilities.
The ceremonial induction of the Su-30 MKI into the Number 4 Squadron took place at Air Force Station Uttarlai on October 30, 2023. The event featured a remarkable flypast, jointly performed by the MiG-21 and the Su-30 MKI, symbolizing the squadron's transition. The ceremony was attended by military and civilian dignitaries, who witnessed the historic moment.
With this conversion, the IAF now maintains only two squadrons of the MiG-21. The IAF is on course to phase out the MiG-21 aircraft entirely by 2025, underscoring its commitment to keeping India's skies secure with advanced technology.
This strategic shift is not only a significant milestone in the history of the Indian Air Force but also reflects the nation's dedication to staying at the forefront of defense technology, ensuring a safer future for all its citizens.