IAF Conducts Poll, Asks If LCA Tejas Will Replace MiG-21 In Time!

Very interesting, and I thought I was the only one who conducted elegantly unscientific polls! The screengrab above is from a poll that the Indian Air Force appears to have conducted on its official website, with the very timely question: Can the LCA replace the ageing MiG-21 fleet of the Indian Air Force in time? Hmmm, oddly worded question. To be sure, the poll doesn't indicate when it was conducted (or for that matter, whether it was conducted at all!) and for how long it was open. All we have is this mystifying, tantalizing opinion poll results page, with no links to where it actually comes from. But boy is it timely now, with the LCA Tejas aiming to achieve initial operational clearance (IOC) in December this year. The poll appears to have got some pretty decent response too -- 2,50,953 votes, with a little over 66 per cent (~1.6 lakh voters) voting that the LCA would indeed replace the MiG-21 fleet in time, though a chunky 21 per cent didn't think it would.

But what was this poll about? What's the story? I'm going to try and find out tomorrow, but in the meanwhile, I'd love to know what everyone thinks.

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