MiG 21

Ukrainian company Ukroboronprom’s Odessa Aircraft Plant is continuing the repair and overhaul of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defence’s MIG-21 fighter aircraft in accordance with the original schedule.

Ukroboronprom deputy director general Oleksandr Stecenko said the plant and its co-contractors have managed to resolve all technical problems and have agreed to a working schedule that enables it to fulfil contract conditions on time.

Around seven Croatian MIG-21 fighters are being overhauled by Ukraine’s State Company, Ukrspecexport, in Odessa, Ukraine, under a €13.9m contract signed with the Croatian Ministry of Defence in June 2013, as reported earlier by Flightglobal.

The contract also includes the supply of five new single-seat examples, which are being refurbished and equipped to Croatian Air Force specifications.

Stecenko said three upgraded MiG-21BIS fighters have already been shipped to Croatia, and are currently undergoing final assembly at the custumer’s air base, while the remaining three have also completed post-repair testing and run orientation flights by the Croatian air crew.

"The MiG-21 is a supersonic jet combining both fighter and interceptor characteristics in a single aircraft."

Two of the three MiG-21Bis jets are being prepared for shipment to Croatia, while the last one unit is under the painting stage, Stecenko added.

The Croatian Air Force took delivery of the first upgraded MIG-21 BIS fighter at the Pleso Air Base in Zagreb, Croatia, in April.

Manufactured by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau, the MiG-21 is a supersonic jet combining both fighter and interceptor characteristics in a single aircraft, and is designed to conduct very short ground-controlled interception missions.

Having entered service between 1992 and 1994, the Croatian MiG-21 fighters are extensively operated for fighter / interceptor and training operations.

The aircraft is also operated by the air forces of Angola, Bulgaria, Egypt, Hungary, Libya, North Korea, Romania, Serbia and Vietnam, among others.

Image: Ukroboronprom has already shipped three MiG-21BIS fighters to Croatia, which are currently undergoing final assembly at the costumer’s air base. Photo: courtesy of Ukroboronprom.

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