The Indian Air Force is preparing to retire its MiG-21 Squadron Sword Arms. A day after the Balakot strike in February 2019, when Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman shot down a Pakistan F-16 aircraft, he was flying a MiG-21. According to the report of PTI, Sword Arms MiG-21 is one of the remaining four squadrons of the IAF. According to sources, according to the plan, this squadron stationed in Srinagar will be retired by the end of September. The remaining three squadrons of MiG-21 will be removed from the army by 2025. Indian Air Force fighter jets bombed Jaish-e-Mohammed terror training camps in Balakot on 26 February 2019, almost two weeks after the Pulwama terror attack. In response to this, on 27 February, Pakistan tried to enter the border of India, but it was driven away by the Indian Air Force. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (now Group Captain) was flying MiG-21 when Pakistan’s F-16 fighter plane was shot down by MiG-21. He shot down Pakistan’s F-16 from the same plane. However, later Abhinandan’s plane crashed in the border of Pakistan, after which the Pakistani army took him captive. Under pressure from India, Pakistan had released Abhinandan after about 60 hours. He was awarded the Vir Chakra on the occasion of Independence Day in 2019 for this indomitable courage. Let us inform that the MiG-21 jet aircraft was inducted into the Indian Air Force fleet almost four decades ago. Many of these planes have also crashed. These fighter jets of the Soviet era have been in the news for many years because of accidents, many pilots have also died in these accidents. Let us tell you that 51 Squadron based in Srinagar is also known as Sword Arms. This fleet also participated in the Kargil war in 1999. According to the Bharat Rakshak website, this squadron has also been awarded the Air Force Medal. During Operation Parakram, this squadron was entrusted with the responsibility of air defense of the Kashmir Valley.
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