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Since induction 482 MiG aircraft accidents look place in India: Report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 2, IRNA -- 482 MiG aircraft accidents took place since Financial Year (FY) 1971-72 to FY 2012-13 (till 19th April 2012).

A total of 171 pilots, 39 civilians, 8 service personnel and 1 aircrew lost their lives in these accidents.

The causes of accidents were both human error and technical defects, said an official release issued here quoting the information given by Minister of Defence A K Antony in a written reply in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) on Wednesday.

The MiG series aircraft were inducted starting from MiG-21 in 1960s/1970s to MiG-29 in 1980s.

A total of 872 MiG aircraft of various types were purchased from 1966-1980.

These aircraft were purchased as per rules/procedures of that period.

At present the procurement of capital equipment is carried out as per Defence Procurement Procedure.

The training of initial batches of pilots for MiG series aircraft was carried out in erstwhile USSR, followed by training for the rest of the pilots in India.

The procurement cases involving Russian origin MiG-21 Bis& MiG-27 aircraft involved Transfer of Technology (ToT) and license production by HAL.

Defence Minister had told the Parliament on March 19 that the Indian Air Force (IAF) has lost 33 fighter aircraft, including three Sukhoi-30MKI, in mishaps since 2008 and 26 defence personnel were killed in these crashes.

'During last three years-2008-2011, and current year up to March, 33 fighter aircraft including one Jaguar, two Mirage 2000, three Sukhoi-30 and 27 MiG-series and 10 helicopters have crashed,' he had said in a written reply to a question on crashes of IAF aircraft.

Meanwhile, India has become the largest importer of arms during 2007- 2011 and accounted for 10 per cent of the global arms imports as compared to China`s share of 5 per cent.

Tabling a report on year-wise expenditure on foreign procurement of arms, Antony said, Rs 10,166.08 crore was spent in 2007-08, which rose up to Rs 13,411.91 crore in 2009-10. During 2010-11, the expenditure touched Rs 15,443.01-crore mark.

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