No one even drives cars that old

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Air force is still flying 44-year-old MiG-21 fighter jets when no one even drives cars that old, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Tuesday. Questions have been raised about the four-decade-old fighter planes that remain the core of India’s defence fleet since a recent dogfight at the Line of Control, in which Pakistan used superior F-16 jets. “We are still flying MiG-21 which is 44 years old but nobody driving cars of that vintage,” Air Chief Dhanoa said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh by his side. He was speaking at a seminar on modernisation and indigenisation of the Indian Air Force. The Air Chief said the basic version of the Russian fighter jet would be phased out this year. “Hopefully, I will fly the last sortie in September, subject to visibility,” he said.last_img read more