TER­MI­NAL DE­CLINE

IAF’S front­line fighter and trainer air­craft are be­set with trou­ble

India Today - - DEFENCE -

MI­RAGE 2000

The fleet of 50 air fight­ers has been grounded for over 50 days af­ter two crashes. Rea­sons for the crashes are still not known.

SUKHOI 30

IAF’S best air­craft. Ac­ci­dent at Lo­he­gaon base in 2011 brought to fore prob­lems with the air­craft.

HPT-32

En­tire fleet of 70 pis­ton-en­gined Stage I pi­lot train­ers grounded af­ter 2009 crash in Andhra Pradesh. IAF has no ba­sic train­ers.

KIRAN

Short­age of these Stage II air­craft used to train in­struc­tors.

IAF now has short­age of both trainee pi­lots and train­ers.

MIG-27

Three squadrons of these Soviet-de­signed ground-at­tack jets in trou­ble for want of spares.

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