An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 combat aircraft has crashed in Sirohi district about 120 km south of Jodhpur, Rajasthan on Sunday, March 31. The pilot ejected safely.
The MiG-27UPG aircraft, an upgraded variant of MiG-27, took off from Uttarlai Air Force Station in Barmer for a routine sortie and the pilot reported an engine problem. The pilot of the jet ejected from the aircraft before it crashed at around 11:45 am in Godana near Sheoganj in Sirohi.
The IAF said preliminary reports indicate no loss of property or life on ground. The Air Force has ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to ascertain the cause of the accident.
This is the ninth crash involving an Indian Air Force aircraft this year and the second one involving IAF MiG-27.
Mikoyan MiG-27 “Flogger-D/J”
Mikoyan MiG-27 (NATO reporting name: Flogger-D/J) is a variable-geometry ground-attack aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in the Soviet Union and later licence-produced in India by Hindustan Aeronautics as the MiG-27M Bahadur (“Valiant”).
The aircraft is based on the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 fighter jet, but optimized for air-to-ground attack. Unlike the MiG-23, the MiG-27 did not see widespread use outside Russia, as most countries opted for MiG-23BN and Sukhoi Su-22 instead.
MiG-27 remains in service with the Indian, Kazakh and Sri Lankan Air Forces in the ground attack role. All Russian and Ukrainian MiG-27s have been retired.
India is currently in the process of retiring its MiG-27 fleet. Earlier it was announced that the IAF is planning to retire 10 squadrons of MiG-21 fighter-interceptor and MiG-27 ground-attack aircraft by 2024 on completion of their Total Technical Life.