India: two fighter pilots killed in the crash of their MiG-21

India: Two fighter pilots killed in MiG-21 crash

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Two Indian fighter pilots were killed when their aircraft, a Soviet-era MiG-21, crashed during a training sortie Thursday night, the army said. the air of India.  

The MiG-21 crashed in the desert of northwestern state of Rajasthan, near the town of Barmer, the Ministry of Defense said .  

This is the sixth MiG-21 to crash, bringing the number of pilots killed since January 2021 to five.  

According to the Indian Air Force (IAF), the trainer had “suffered an accident” and an investigation has been ordered to determine the cause of the crash.  

“The IAF deeply regrets the loss of life and stands firmly with the bereaved families,” the Air Force said on Twitter. 

According to images released by the According to local media, flaming debris was strewn over a wide area.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of the two pilots.

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“Their service to the nation will never be forgotten,” Mr. Singh wrote on Twitter.

The MiG-21s are entered service in India in the 1960s and for decades were the backbone of the air force, but their poor safety record has earned them the nickname “flying coffins”.  

India is investing billions of dollars in modernizing its military equipment, driven by its old antagonism with Pakistan and growing tensions with China. 

The French Air Force acquired dozens of French Rafale fighter jets, deliveries of which began in 2020.