A Croatian Air Force MiG-21 (Image © MORH)

Croatia celebrates return of the MiGs

The Croatian Air Force this week celebrated the return of its MiG-21 Fishbed fleet to full strength following a major overhaul and upgrade program in Ukraine. The final aircraft was delivered on 16 July. Croatia now operates a total of twelve MiG-21s

The modernization program started two years ago with the signing of a contract worth 17.5 million EUR. It involved the overhaul and upgrade of seven Croatian MiG-21s and the purchase of five Ukrainian MiGs. The war in eastern Ukraine caused delays in the program, setting back last week’s final delivery by close to a year.

All Croatian MiG-21s were on show this week during a combined ceremony, exercise and airshow at Pleso airbase outside the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

A great sight: three MiGs lined up at Zagreb Pleso airbase. (Image © Ivan Krpan)
A great sight: three MiGs lined up at Zagreb Pleso airbase. (Image © Ivan Krpan)

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