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Indian Air Force retires its last MiG-27ML squadron
Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - Jane's Defence Weekly
27 December 2019
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The Indian Air Force (IAF) retired its last squadron of upgraded MiG-27ML 'Flogger' tactical ground-attack aircraft on 27 December: a move that further reduces the service's overall combat strength.
Officials said that the IAF has "number-plated" the No. 29 'Scorpions' Squadron based in Jodhpur, western India, until it is re-operationalised with new aircraft and manpower at a later stage. The move comes after the IAF retired its other MiG-27ML squadron in December 2018.
Licence-built by India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), some 165 single-engine, 'swing-wing' MiG-27s entered IAF service from 1985.
IAF officers who operated the MiG-27s told Jane's that the agile fighter - a derivative of the Soviet-era MiG-23BN fighter - could 'swing' its wings from 16 to 72°, depending on the mission.
 
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