Three civilians were killed after an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter jet crashed into a house in Rajasthan.
- The MiG-21s are among the six fighter jets presently flown by the Indian Air Force (IAF).
- The MiG-21s are single engine, single-seater multi-role fighter/ground attack aircraft.
- It was inducted into the IAF in the early 1960s.
- It’s NATO reporting name is ‘Fishbed’.
- It was designed as supersonic jet interceptor aircraft by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau (OKB) of the erstwhile Soviet Union.
- The aircraft, which made its maiden flight on 16 June 1955, holds the record of being the most produced supersonic jet in aviation history.
- The MiG-21 has had a long production run from 1959 to 1985 and underwent updates and modification thereafter in many countries including India.
- The first single-engine MiG-21 aircraft came into the air force in 1963.
- The aircraft first underwent an upgrade in the 1970s and the variant was known as the MiG-21 Bis.
- The MiG-21 Bisons are expected to be out of service completely by 2024.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB