The last of the two MiG-29 legacy aircraft flew for the last time on Saturday as they would be upgraded at the 11 Base Repair Depot (BRD) in Ozar, Nashik.
The aircraft, flown by Commanding Officer Group Captain JS Patel, carried a flypast at the overhead of Azhar Airfield. It was landed and received by 11 BRD officers where it would be overhauled. To mark the historic event, Air Commodore Sameer V Borde, commanding the depot’s Distinguished Service Medal Air Officer, presented a memento to the commanding officer of 28 Squadron.
Indian Air Force officials said the landing of the last MiG-29 legacy aircraft marked the end of an era. The aircraft has proved its precision in various missions including the Kargil and recent Pulwama attacks. It was an emotional moment for the authorities as they had last seen this legend roaring in the sky. Before it came back to protect the skies after making all the important upgrades to the Indian Air Force one more weapon, ”said a senior officer.
The 28 squadrons have been awarded the Battle Honors for its significant contribution during the 1971 Indo-Pak War in the Governor’s House attack in Dhaka, which forced the Pakistani Army to surrender and was the defining point of that war.
The MiG-29 was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 1986. Air Superior Fighter underwent a mid-life up-gradation and was converted into a multi-role fighter. After undergoing structural retrofits and equipped with advanced avionics and advanced endurance, the upgraded version will be more powerful and a formidable weapon system.
11 BRD was established in the year 1975 and is the only fighter aircraft repair depot of the Indian Air Force. It has overhauled more than 500 combat aircraft, including the Su-7, MiG-23, MiG-29, and Su-30MMI. An overhaul of the MiG-29 aircraft began at the depot in 1996.
Currently, up-gradation of MiG-29s and SU-30 MKIs are being repaired and overhauled at the depot. Earlier in October 2018, the first IAF over 11 BRD overhauled the Su-30MKI aircraft and was handed over to an operational squadron.