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Latif led the first fly-past over New Delhi after India became a republic in 1950. He was instrumental in procuring Jaguar, MiG-23 & MiG-25 aircraft for the IAF.
From Soviet-era MiGs to British Avro transporters and French-origin Chetak/Cheetah helicopters, these 6 IAF aircraft need to be phased out soon.
Jaguar engines have seen a 15-30% reduction in thrust, and the cost of the upgrade is too high. One Sukhoi can perform the same role as two Jaguars.
India is the only air force in the world still flying the Jaguar aircraft, and will now ‘cannibalise’ retired aircraft for spare parts.
Twenty-nine accidents involving IAF aircraft were reported between 2014 and July 2017. Nine pilots died in the accidents.