With two of its by Ukrainian industries overhauled MiG-21 BIS fighter jets already back for a few days, the Croatian Air Force is awaiting the arrival of its third updated Fishbed – expected one of these days.
Personnel of the 91st Air Force and Air Defence base, better known as Zagreb-Pleso AB, offloaded the second upgraded MiG-21 BIS on 16 April 2014. Aircraft with number 132 joined number 131 in the hangar at Pleso. They are assisted by 11 engineers and technicians from Odesa in Ukraine. Together they will put the reassemble the aircraft that arrived – very economically – by truck. Each of the Mikoyan-Gurevich fighters require to long trailers for the transport.
The Croatian Air Force thinks the aircraft will be put together in a week time, followed by a final ground inspection before each aircraft will make two or three test flights. Before the end of April the Hrvatsko ratno zrakoplovstvo i protuzračna obrana is expected to be able to field five of the dozen MiG-21 BIS that it sends / sent to Ukraine for the life-update, including a red and white painted MiG-29 UMD two-seater. AIRheads↑Fly reported earlier on this.
Source: Ministarstvo obrane Republike Hrvatske (MORH) / Croatian MoD
Footage of the offloading of the second overhauled Croatian MiG-21 BIS