Modernised Croatian Air Force (Hrvatsko ratno zrakoplovstvo i protuzračna obrana) MiG-21 BIS fighters are slowly being returned to full operational status. Of the seven aircraft that have made it back to Zagreb-Pleso Airbase from the overhaul factory in Odesa, Ukraine, two have been returned to full active status, with the nicely painted third getting there this week.
The grey-painted aircraft with numbers 131 and 131 are again up in the air making almost daily flights as part of NATO’s air surveillance and defence system and to protect the territory of the Republic of Croatia.
The traditionally in red-white checkers scheme painted MiG-21 UMD two-seater finished its final flight tests on 25 July 2014, and will be handed officially handed over to the Air Force in the last week of July. In total Croatia conduced 38 test flights with the refurbished MiG-21s so far.
Source: Croatian Ministry of Defence / MORH