This is coolbet:
Think rather MiG-21 than Flanker-H in this instance.
Topic once more Soviet/Russian warplanes in Indian service the crash rate rather beyond normal! Perplexing!
Herewith some material that has been the basis for several prior blog entries. Repeated within context of the previous blog post.
Soviet MiG-21 in Indian service also having a very high rate of accidents and crashes. Much more than should have been the case.
Regarding the MiG-21.
"Like many aircraft designed as interceptors, the MiG-21 had a short range. This was exacerbated by the poor placement of the internal fuel tanks ahead of the center of gravity. As the internal fuel was consumed, the center of gravity would shift rearward beyond acceptable parameters. This had the effect of making the plane statically unstable to the point of being difficult to control"
"Since 1963, India has introduced more than 1,200 MiG fighters into its air force. As of 2019, 113 MiG-21s are known to be in operation in the IAF. However, the plane has been plagued by safety problems. Since 1970 more than 170 Indian pilots and 40 civilians have been killed in MiG-21 accidents. At least 14 MiG-21s have crashed between 2010 and 2013. Over half of the 840 aircraft built between 1966 and 1984 were lost to crashes. Poor maintenance and quality of replacement parts has been considered to be a factor in this phenomenon."
"When consulted about the high MiG-21 accident rate Russia pointed out that India had insisted on manufacturing the aircraft itself, as well as many of the spare parts needed to keep MiG-21s operational, and many of these Indian made aircraft parts were not manufactured to Russian specifications."
Replacement parts? That is all it is? Replacement parts?
See other blog entries as apropos: