On September 30, the 51 Squadron which is headquartered at Srinagar Airbase and runs MiG-21 Bison aircraft will be number plated till Tejas Mk1A induction starts.
Originally, the second squadron of the Tejas Mk1 fleet planned to take its position, however it appears that 51 Squadron will once again be outfitted and raised in 2025. Deliveries of the Tejas Mk1A, an updated Tejas aircraft with AESA Fire Control Radar and a number of enhancements, will begin in 2024.
When there is increased tension at the border, the IAF’s Two Squadrons of Tejas Mk1 planes which are based in South Indian states are usually stationed at the advanced airbase for familiarisation sorties.
By 2025, all four of the current MiG-21 Bison squadrons will be decommissioned and replaced with LCA Tejas Mk1A aircraft which will begin entering service in 2024 and continue through 2029. Most of the current MiG-21 Bison squadrons are located towards the western Pakistani border.