The Indian Army lost 10 planes in half a year. In addition to being knocked down by its opponents, others were knocked down by their own people.

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 The Indian Army lost 10 planes in half a year. In addition to being knocked down by its opponents, others were knocked down by their own people.


Mig 27 crash site in India.

Today lets talk about Indias crash, which has always been a chronic problem of the Indian Air Force. This year, the Indian army crashed so many planes that the Indian media can not sit still. On June 12, an Indian website published an article saying that as of June 11, the Indian army had lost 10 planes this year. In February alone, the Indian army lost five aircraft, including war damage and accidental damage.

What is the concept of losing 10 planes in half a year?

Statistics show that from August 28, 1947 to November 25, 2008, the Indian Army lost 1024 aircraft, with an average annual loss of 16.78 aircraft, so the number of aircraft lost in the first half of this year has exceeded the historical average of 19%. The Indian Air Force has about 1,600 aircraft of all types. It has lost 0.625% in the first half of this year.

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The 10 aircraft lost included a variety of types, including fighters, trainers, helicopters and transport aircraft. Among them, there are two MiG 21, two Eagle trainers, two MiG 27 fighters, one Mirage 2000 fighter, one Mi-17 helicopter, one Ann-32 transport aircraft and one Jaguar attack aircraft.

Of the 10 planes, except MiG-21, which was shot down by Pakistan on February 27, all crashed because of man-made or other non-operational factors.

This famous picture of the pilot lying down and looking at his mobile phone after the ejection of the crash comes from the crash of the two Eagle trainers.

Like two Eagle trainers crashing during flight exercises, most of the other crashes were not reported. The most extraordinary one was that on February 27, the Indian armys Mi-17 helicopter was shot down by its own missile.

On that day, the Indian Air Force and the Pakistani Air Force fought, so the Indian ground forces were very nervous. Less than 10 minutes after takeoff, the unfortunate Mi-17 was mistaken for an enemy target by the Indian Air Defense Force and shot down with the Spider air defense system.

Map of the crash site of the Mi-17 helicopter in India.

It is said that when the Indian ground commander found the helicopter, he did not make any effective screening, nor did he make any communication. He believed it was a Pakistani aircraft by pure intuition and ordered his men to fire directly, which eventually led to a catastrophe.

Recently, the Indian Armys investigation into the incident has reached the final stage, if not unexpectedly, the two commanders of the day have to go to the military court. However, according to sources, their tone of voice has become mistaken at that time to judge the Mi-17 as a missile launched by Pakistan for interception.

At first glance, this statement is quite absurd. Helicopters and missiles, whether on radar screens or in the eyes of the naked eye, are totally different things. One has a top speed of more than 300 kilometers per hour, the other has a minimum of nearly 1000 kilometers, and the size of the helicopter and missile varies from day to day.

But there are many ways to go. If we look at helicopters as missiles launched by enemies, we can effectively avoid the mistake of not responding. Who will ask about missiles? And since it is a missile, it can be interpreted as an urgent situation before further screening, so it will be the first time to order the firing, which belongs to poor business, rather than negligence. Of course, it is hard to say whether this statement can impress the judges of military courts.

As if to add a blockage to the Indian authorities, a MiG-29K fighter plane of the Indian Army recently took off and its deputy fuel tank fell off. Its better to drop the fuel tank alone, which turns into a burning bomb and directly ignites the runway. Smoke and fire shut down the airport. Fortunately, the fuel tank fell off during takeoff. If something happened over the city buildings, the consequences would be unthinkable.

Indian Military MiG-29K Deputy fuel tank fell off and landed at the airport, where smoke billowed.

During World War II, when American fighter planes attacked Japanese warships, there was a kind of sub-tank tactic. First, they dropped the sub-tank on the deck of the Japanese warship. Then they filled the deck with fuel and fired it with machine guns. This simple version of the incendiary bomb was devastating to 100-ton wooden ships. Even small warships knelt when they were fired.

The Indian Mig-29K is certainly not practicing this sub-tank tactic, which is not the first time that the Indian Mig-29K has ever happened. Last January, at the same base, a MiG-29K rushed out of the runway on takeoff and caught fire. The pilot escaped with an emergency ejection. At that time, there was news that the pilots training was inadequate, and this sub-tank falling off event, the pot or pilot back, or ground service back, in short, human factors are the most likely.

Although the Indian Air Force ranks in the top ten in the world, or even the fourth in the organizations ranking, it is absolutely a disaster for the Indian Air Force to lose ten planes in half a year. To make matters worse, as things stand, the crash trend of the Indian Air Force will not decline, for many reasons.

Firstly, in order to ensure a certain degree of combat effectiveness, pilots must have enough flight time. If the training intensity is increased, then both human and aircraft will be tested. There are also some objective factors. Indias hot and humid weather is the first to be affected. For the precision equipment of fighter aircraft, India is absolutely not suitable for high-intensity flight. The training intensity of Indian pilots is said to be 180-200 hours per year, which is a fairly high level, and high intensity also means high risk.

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Secondly, India has made little progress in aircraft manufacturing technology, and the related system construction is still incomplete. On the one hand, this leads to the low reliability of home-made fighter aircraft, on the other hand, the maintenance work is also criticized. The most typical example is the notorious Hindustan Airlines, which has maintained an astonishingly high crash rate. But the company is also a state-owned enterprise. Despite its many disadvantages, it still has a stable position in the Indian aviation industry. So as long as Hindustan Airlines is still there, the Indian Army will not want to escape the fate of the fighter planes.

Third, India has introduced too many foreign aircraft, which are different from inside to outside. It is very difficult to maintain them. With the new aircraft coming in, the task of the maintenance team will become more and more complex. The second generation, third generation and fourth generation fighter planes will maintain at the same time. Think about it will cause headache. So some people say that despite the fact that the Indian Air Force often drops aircraft, these aircraft can fly to the sky, thanks to their ground service efforts, otherwise it is likely that a plane will not drop, because no plane can fly.

Source of this article: Netease Talking about Military Responsible Editor: Li Xi_N2587