Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed that parts of the missing Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jet was found in the mountains in the Thirot village which is some seventy kilometers away from the Keylong.

Spokesperson of the Indian Air Force, Squadron Leader Priya Joshi has confirmed that wrecked of the MIG-29 Fulcrum  fighter jet was found by some villagers and after initial verification that parts belonged to the ill fated MIG-29, IAF has conducted aerial survey of the mountains with its helicopters to search the remaining wreckage and Indian Army is also taking part in the search operation.

Indian air force became 1st international MiG-29 operator when it purchased MiG-29s in 1980. IAF has already signed an agreement with the Russian MiG Corporation to upgrade their MiG-29 fighter jets at cost of US$900 million. Upgrade package will include improved avionics, Phazatron Zhuk-M radar and RD-33 series 3 turbofan engines.


  1. sukhois is a better option for replacing the IAF Mig"s from Russia.