IAF Chief flies MiG-21 at Western Air Command base: signals at force preparedness

Indian Air Force Chief flies MiG-21 Bison at a frontline airbase in the Western Air Command base.

The Indian Air Force Chief, RKS Bhadauria flew a Mig-21 Bison at a frontline airbase in the Western air command on Thursday. He was visiting a fighter squadron at the airbase to review the operational readiness of the Western front.

The Chief met and interacted with the combat crew and the aircrew posted at the base squadrons and units amidst the escalating border tensions with Chinese troops in Ladakh. The airforce officials said that the airforce Chief flying the MiG-21 is indicative of the level of preparedness of the force. “The IAF chief flew a MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft during the visit where he interacted with the aircrew and reviewed the operational preparedness,” IAF officials said according to a report in the Livemint.


Bhadauria who is known for supporting native defence hardware is a test pilot and has flown the HTT-40,  which is under development and the LCA Tejas. He has also favored the development of many Defense Research and Development Organisation projects.