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Decades after end of communist rule, Albania looks to sell MiG aircrafts stored at secret airbase

The communist-era jets, which include MiG-19, MiG-17 and MiG-21 models among others, have been out of commission for well over a decade.
Firstpost - Published

MiG-27 on routine sortie crashes in Rajasthan's Sirohi; Indian Air Force pilot ejects safely

Earlier in March, an IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft airborne from Air force Station Nal for a routine mission had crashed near Rajasthan's Bikaner.
Firstpost - Published

MiG-21 Bison shooting down F-16 attests to IAF's combat prowess; procuring next-gen aircraft key to maintaining edge

IAF pilots combat superiority, even when faced with an advanced F-16 fighter jet, has been proven in the past, but to ensure the air force maintains its qualitative edge it's imperative that it gets..
Firstpost - Published

India knows identity of Pakistani F-16 pilot who died, Nirmala Sitharaman tells India Today, confirms Firstpost report that he was beaten by Pakistan locals

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday that India knows the identity of the deceased Pakistani pilot whose F-16 was downed by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's MiG-21.
Firstpost - Published

The IAF hero who did not return and must never be forgotten

Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja was tortured and killed after his MiG-21 was shot down and he ejected across the Line of Control during the Kargil War.
Rediff.com - Published

MEA claims it has 'electronic evidence' that IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's MiG-21 shot down Pakistani F-16

An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 Bison, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter aircraft and there are eyewitness accounts as well as..
Firstpost - Published

India shows proof of shooting down PAF F-16 but Pakistan claims Indian government 'misleading' people

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing on Saturday that an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down a Pakistan..
Zee News - Published

IAF lauds Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, MiG-21 Bison for shooting down PAF F-16

This is not the first time the IAF has come up with a poem related to the recent happenings involving Pakistan.
Zee News - Published

Wing Commander Abhinandan-piloted MiG-21 Bison shot down Pak F-16; have electronic evidence: MEA

It also said evidence on the use of F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan is there in the form of parts of AMRAAM missile recovered from the site, which is carried only by F-16 aircraft of the Pakistan Air..
Zee News - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

MEA trains guns on Pakistan's lack of 'credible action' on terror, says IAF strike achieved objective, evades questions on Balakot casualties

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, however, confirmed that the IAF's MiG-21 Bison, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft and there were..
Firstpost - Published

MiG-21 Bison crashes in Rajasthan, pilot safe

The fighter that crashed on Friday was of the same make that had downed a Pakistani F-16 in a dogfight before taking a hit itself on February 27. Initial inputs indicate the likely cause of accident..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •DNA

Confer Param Vir Chakra on Wing Commander Abhinandan: TN CM Palaniswami to PM Modi

The MiG-21 Bison aircraft piloted by Wng Cdr Varthaman had shot down Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jet when it tried to violate India's air space.
Zee News - Published

MiG-21 crashes in Shobhasar village near Rajasthan's Bikaner; pilot ejects safely

A MiG-21 fighter plane crashed in Shobhasar village near Rajasthan's Bikaner on Friday. This comes over a week after India lost a MiG-21 after Pakistan Air Force shot it down during a dogfight on 27..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Zee News

MiG-21 fighter jet crashes in Bikaner, pilot ejects safely


IndiaTimes - Published

IAF's fighter jet MiG 21 crashes in Rajasthan's Nal


IndiaTimes - Published

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's 16-min epic battle

DNA accesses details of dogfight, from the time Pak jets took off to Wg Cdr's MiG-21 Bison shooting down a Pak
DNA - Published

IAF warns of misinformation on social media on shooting of Pakistan Air Force F-16 by MiG-21 Bison

"Misinformation on the shooting of Pakistan Air Force F-16 by MiG-21 Bison are being spread on various social media sites," news agency ANI reported quoting IAF officials.
Zee News - Published

Pakistani F-16s fired four to five AMRAAMs at Indian jets in 27 Feb dogfight; India hunting for debris of missiles: ANI

Pakistani fighter pilots flying their F-16 combat aircraft had fired four to five American AMRAAMs (AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile) from a distance of 40 to 50 kilometres at the..
Firstpost - Published

Wing Cdr Varthaman's moustache new rage in Kolhapur youths

Wing Commander Varthaman became a national hero when he shot down a Pakistani F-16 while chasing it out in his MiG-21 bison during Indian air space violation by Pakistan. As his MiG-21 went down, the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa says Wing Commander Abhinandan will fly again after he is declared medically fit

Wing Commander Abhinandan, flying a MiG-21 Bison, had engaged a PAF F-16 jet on the morning of February 27, 2019, and shot it down. 
Zee News - Published

IAF chief explains why MiG-21 Bison was used to counter Pakistani F-16 jets

He remarked that aircraft are chosen in a planned mission but when an adversary strikes, every available aircraft is used to counter the enemy.
Zee News - Published

Abhinandan wants to return to cockpit at earliest

Varthaman told senior IAF commanders and doctors treating him that he wants to start flying at the earliest, the officials told. On Wednesday, he became the first IAF pilot to shoot down an F-16..
IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman to get Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be the first recipient of the 'Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar' instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti, a functionary of the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Film fraternity salutes 'true hero' Abhinandan's bravery

Film fraternity members from across the country have sent out a message saluting the courage displayed by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman after he was captured by Pakistan when his..
Zee News - Published

No deal was negotiated by India to get back Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Pakistan on Wednesday launched strikes against Indian military installations. About 20 Pakistani air force aircraft launched the attack at 9.45 am in which Indian airforce was able to bring down one of..
DNA - Published

India tells Russia how MiG 21 helped in destroying Jaish camps in Pakistan

In response to India counter-terrorism operation in Pakistan on Tuesday, Islamabad launched a large-scale Air Force raid in the Indian airspace. The Pakistani operation was aimed at Indian military..
DNA - Published

Rajasthan family names newborn after Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan after his MiG-21 Bison fighter plane crashed on the other side of LoC while on a mission on Wednesday. 
Zee News - Published

MiG-21 vs F-16: R-73, missile which IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman used to bring down Pakistani jet

Flying a MiG-21, wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman used a short-range R-73 missile during the dogfight to shoot down a much-advanced F-16,
DNA - Published

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returns: Sachin Tendulkar, PV Sindhu salute IAF pilot's bravery

Abhinandan was handed back to India at the Attari-Wagah border two days after his MiG-21 Bison fighter jet had crashed in PoK while successfully engaging a Pakistan Air Force F16 jet.
Zee News - Published

Bollywood celebs applaud Abhinandan's bravery

Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and a host of other Bollywood celebrities hailed true hero Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's return to India, two days after the IAF pilot was captured by Pakistan..
IndiaTimes - Published

UN chief welcomes IAF pilot's return to India from Pakistan captivity

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthman returned to India from Pakistan on Friday to a hero's welcome, nearly 60 hours after he was captured following a dogfight when his MiG-21 was shot down.
IndiaTimes - Published

Naveen happy to hear about pilot's return

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to India by the Pakistan authorities at around 9.15 pm on Friday. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured on February 27 by Pakistan following a..
IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan returns home after long, anxious wait

Hoping to give a hero's welcome to Wing Commander Varthaman, thousands of Indians gathered on the border carrying the tricolour and garlands since morning. But as the day wore on and night fell there..
IndiaTimes - Published

After daylong wait, IAF hero Abhinandan returns home from Pakistan

Hoping to give a hero's welcome to Wing Commander Varthaman, thousands of Indians gathered on the border carrying the tricolour and garlands since morning. But as the day wore on and night fell there..
IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman has inspired country with bravery: Pinarayi Vijayan

The IAF pilot was taken captive in Pakistan when his MiG-21 Bison jet was shot down during a dogfight and crashed into Pakistani territory on February 27.
Zee News - Published

When IAF`s Mig-21 Bison jets blunted Pakistan`s F16 challenge

MiG-21s and F-16s are generations apart. And yet, MiG-21 Bison is an upgraded version of the Soviet-era jet that has some serious abilities.
Zee News - Published

Flying MiG-21 a tradition for Varthamans: Son flies it, dad flew it

Abhinandan's grandfather was also in the IAF, he said. In an interview to PTI, Wing Commander (retd) Prakash Navale, who was a course-mate of Abhinandan's father at the National Defence Academy (NDA)..
DNA - Published

Shah Rukh Khan welcomes Wing Commander Abhinandan, pens a heartfelt note

The 35-year-old Wing Commander was held captive by Pakistan since Wednesday after his MiG 21 crashed during air duel with a Pakistani F-16 
Zee News - Published

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