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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

2020 has been a year like no other when the coronavirus pandemic shaped not only the year but also how we live our lives. the country saw multiple lockdowns but no slowdown in the heightened military tensions in the region, which required the Indian Air Force (IAF) to maintain all-time high vigil and increased air activities with raked up a higher number of sorties from its fighter jet units but 2020 has also gone down as a year when IAF saw one of the safest air safety year when it recorded only one fighter jet crash best in last 20 years.

In 2020, IAF lost one Mig-29UPG fighter jet in a crash that was attributed to technical problems with the ill-fated jet, from 2020 onwards, IAF has lost on an average 8.8 fighter jet every year worst being in 2002 when jets were lost in accidents. Since 2012, IAF has ensured that accident rates for its fighter jet fleet remain in single digits for each year that saw the average accident rate drop from 2011 to 2020 drop to just 2.9.

From 2020 onwards, Mig-21, Mig-27, and Jaguar fleet were largely contributed to the recorded crashes but the retirement of the entire Mig-27 fleet and older types of the Mig-21s have considerably reduced the accident rates for the IAF. IAF also plans to retire the entire fleet of upgraded in Mig-21Bis in the next few years and reduce its dependency on its Jaguar fleet and only keep upgrade DARIN-III Configuration Jaguar fleet active.

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