India is at this time on July 26, celebrating the Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022, commemorating win over Pakistani infiltration 23 years in the past within the Kargil area of Jammu and Kashmir. At the present time is widely known yearly to pay homage to the soldiers who undertook a profitable high-altitude warfare and fought for the defence of the nation. Whereas the bottom troops performed an important position within the Kargil Conflict, the Indian Air Pressure additionally performed a significant position in an operation referred to as Safed Sagar that may go down within the historical past of the IAF as essentially the most profitable fight operation for the winged forces of India.

The mighty IAF fleet and its technique helped India obtain a bonus over the Pakistani infiltrators, who held a excessive floor over the treacherous mountain circumstances and had been proving an issue for the bottom troops. India deployed its fleet of MiG-29, MiG-21, MiG-27 and Mirage-2000 fighter jets together with the helicopter fleet to scare off the Pakistani Air Pressure, who didn’t participate within the battle. Right here’s a have a look at the IAF fighter jets that helped India have an higher hand over Pakistan:


The MiG-29 made by the erstwhile USSR’s Mikoyan Design Bureau is a product of the Nineteen Seventies and was made to counter United States F-15 and F-16 jets. Through the Kargil battle, the MiG-29 plane was deployed in Kargil and the Pakistani Air Pressure, missing the lengthy vary air to air missiles of their US sourced F-16, determined to not cross the border, serving to India obtain benefit over floor troops.

The MiG-29 fighter airplane is an Air Superiority Fighter Aircraft and is supplied with visible vary air-to-air missile (BVR). Though the MiG-29 principally carried out surveillance and assist mission and was in a roundabout way concerned in finishing up assaults, it did cease PAF from coming into the Indian territory.


Though the MiG-21 has gained a nasty popularity over time and is the oldest surviving fighter jet from the Nineteen Sixties period in use by an Air Pressure, the MiG-21, once more made by Mikoyan, is likely one of the most vital workhorses for the IAF and has proved its value now and again. Constructed primarily for an air interception with a secondary position of floor assault, the MiG-21 is able to working in restricted areas, and therefore performed an vital position within the Kargil Conflict because of its difficult terrain.

The truth is, the preliminary floor strikes had been carried out by MiG-21 and was later joined by MiG-29 with its Laser Guided Bombs. The MiG-21 has over time been up to date to match the newer gen aircrafts and in its present type, it is serving to IAF as the primary strike towards any infiltration. The IAF will progressively change MiG-21 Bison with hand-crafted TEJAS.

MiG-27 (Bahadur)

Probably the most dreaded, and horrifying incidents from the Kargil Conflict was the seize of Flight Lieutenant Ok Nachiketa, who was flying the MiG-27 jet, fondly referred to as Bahadur by the Indian Air Pressure. The Indian Air Pressure (IAF) flew its first air assist missions on Might 26 and the primary fatality was suffered on Might 27 when a MiG-27 crashed because of engine flame out as a result of ingestion of the exhaust gasoline of the weapons fired.

In 2010, the Indian Air Pressure grounded its whole fleet of over 150 of the plane after a MiG-27 crashed on 16 February 2010 in West Bengal. The MiG-27 was retired from the IAF on 27 December 2019 when the final two MiG-27 squadrons had been retired with a ceremony at Jodhpur airbase. It was made by HAL below license settlement with Russia.


The Mirage-2000 is extensively thought of the hero of the Kargil battle, and helped India destroy a number of enemy outposts with laser guided bombs. Though MiG-21, MiG-23 and MiG-27 aircrafts had been utilized by the Air Pressure for floor bombing, it was the Mirage-2000 that was deployed to destroy enemy bunkers with pin level accuracy.

This French made plane was geared up with trendy weapons and will fly on a regular basis, day or night time. Reviews says that the assaults had been so efficient that in a couple of minutes greater than 300 enemies had been eradicated. The Dassault-made Mirage-2000 was additionally utilized in Balakote strikes for LGB and in addition helped India choose Rafale as its most superior and deadly plane in IAF.