Defense Minister George Fernandes tried to dispel apprehensions about the Indian air force's continued use of MiG21 fighters as advanced jet trainers by taking a flight in one earlier this month. But the supreme commander of the armed forces, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, appeared unconvinced. He reportedly is appealing to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for help in replacing the aircraft. India suffered back-to-back crashes of four MiG-21s in July, boosting the country's total ...

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