September 21, 2020
Defence

Mig 21-Bison – True Old Warrior

 MiG-21 Bison is a single engine, single seater multi role fighter aircraft. It has a maximum speed of 2,230 km/hr and carries one 23mm twin-barrel cannon with four R-60 close combat missiles. 

Turceptor fighters are designed to attack enemy aircraft, especially bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.

The Indian Air Force first inducted MiG-21 aircraft into its fleet in 1960.

Since the Kargil War, the Indian Air Force has been removing the old MiG-21 aircraft from its fleet and incorporating the same advanced MiG-21 bison.

Bison is also called by the name of Balaalika. The NATO forces also call it after the fishbed.

 Highlighted textMiG-21 Bison pilots have to wear helmets with the device visible in the dark of night. The facility takes place in the Mirage-2000, an advanced fighter aircraft that attacked Jaish’s camps in Balakot, Pakistan on Tuesday. 

The MiG-21 Bison was also equipped with a range of capabilities ranging from carrying ‘dum bombs’ after the upgrade to carrying guided munitions. Its air-to-air capability also improved significantly after being equipped with R-73 Archer short range and R-77 medium range anti-aircraft missiles.
During the Kargil War of 1971 and 1999 with Pakistan, the use of the Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 aircraft was seen. A MiG-21 pilot operated by Squadron Leader PK Bundela brought down a Pakistani Atlantic Marine Patrol aircraft using an air-to-air missile in the Rann of Kutch in 1999, just after the Kargil conflict.

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