Nashik, Oct 3 : The tarmac of 28 Squadron (The First Supersonics) on Thursday buzzed with roars of the MiG-29 Legacy aircraft , popularly known as Baaz.
Earlier, the aircraft had taken off for Ojhar in a formation led by the Commanding Officer Group Captain JS Patel on Sunday. Before landing, the formation carried out a flypast overhead the Ojhar airfield. The aircrafts were received at 11 Base Repair Depot, where they would be inducted for upgrade and overhaul.
An official statement here on Thursday said that the MiG-29 Upgrade project is being undertaken at 11 BRD, to improve the performance of MiG-29 aircraft. In an impressive ceremony, Air Commodore Samir V Borade Vishisth Seva Medal Air Officer Commanding of the Depot presented a souvenir to the Commanding Officer of the Squadron to mark this historic event. The ceremony was witnessed by senior dignitaries of AF Station Ojhar and HAL Nashik Division.
The legacy MiG-29s were inducted into the IAF in the year 1986. After initial exploitation as an Air Superiority Fighter, it was decided to undertake mid-life upgrade of the aircraft to convert it into a multirole fighter.
The upgraded version would undergo structural retrofit and would be equipped with advanced avionics and enhanced endurance. This will make the aircraft more potent and a formidable weapon system. 11 BRD, established in the year 1975, is the only fighter aircraft repair depot of the IAF and the depot has progressively built and improved its technical expertise and infrastructure over the years.
It has overhauled more than 500 fighter aircraft including Su- 7, MiG-23, MiG-29 and Su-30MKI. Overhaul of MiG-29 aircraft commenced at the Depot in the year 1996. Presently, “Upgradation of MiG-29” and Repair and amp; Overhaul of Su-30 MKI are being undertaken at this Depot. Earlier in October 2018, the first IAF overhauled Su-30MKI aircraft at 11 BRD was handed over to an operational squadron.
Landing of the last MiG-29 legacy aircraft, marks the end of an era in which this aircraft proved its mettle in various operations including Kargil and recently post Pulwama attacks.
28 Squadron has been awarded Battle Honours in the 1971 Indo-Pak war for its significant contribution during Governor House attack in Dhaka which compelled the Pakistani forces to surrender and was the turning point of that war. During the acceptance ceremony, Air Cmde S Borade Vishisht Seva Medal, who was first posted to 28 Sqn as an Engineering Officer after his commissioning, lauded the contribution of the Squadron in service of the nation and for its rich operational history.
Air Marshal RKS Shera Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vishisht Seva Medal, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command who was also the Senior Technical Officer of the same squadron during 1990-91, in his telephonic message conveyed his best wishes to 28 Sqn, which in the immediate future would be operational with the MiG-29 upgraded aircraft. (UNI)