MiG-27 «Flogger» ground attack aircraft crashes in India

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The MiG-27 «Flogger» ground attack aircraft crashes in India near Jodhpur (Rajasthan).

According to initial reports, both pilots have been ejected safely, but three people have suffered injuries.

Two houses are reportedly damaged in the incident, and a court of inquiry has been ordered.

The Mikoyan MiG-27 (NATO reporting name “Flogger-D/J”) is a variable-geometry ground-attack aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan design bureau in the Soviet Union and later license-produced in India by Hindustan Aeronautics as the Bahadur (“Valiant”).

The MiG-27 was developed as a fully optimized fighter-bomber based on the MiG-23BM. Along with the Su-17, the MiG-27 formed one half of the mainstay of the attack force of Tactical Frontal Aviation armies. Between 1991 to 1994 both types were withdrawn from Russian service.

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