IDN Take: MiG-21 Downing Pakistan’s F-16 Could Put Lockheed’s F-21 Deal On Ice


Lockheed Martin is expecting to bag the $20 billion MMRCA tender for 114 fighter jets to be manufactured in India for the Indian Air Force in the “Make In India” program. However, with an IAF MiG-21 Bison shooting down an F-16 by a relatively low-tech Vympel R-73 short-range air-to-air missile, Lockheed Martin’s proposal to build the the “New” F-21  is going to have a snowball’s chance in hell.

The old dog MiG-21 still has some juice left in its belly as it shot down a more advanced fighter by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who sadly also went down after he shot down Pakistan F-16 before his MiG-21 was hit.

He was presumably under attack by a Pakistani surface-to-air  battery, air-to-air missile or contacting the targeted F-16. The exact reason will be unravelled when Wing Commander Varthaman gives a first hand account of what really transpired in the air during the dogfight.  Read more

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