News Listings for Ilyushin Il-28

  • World Air Forces listing C-E

    News | 24 Nov 1999 00:00

    <p>CAMBODIA</p> <p>ROYAL CAMBODIAN AIR FORCE</p> <p>IAI of Israel has upgraded at least six of Cambodia's MiG-21s; however, while two aircraft were delivered in 1997, work on the other four was suspended waiting for Cambodia to pay IAI. The MiG-21-2000 upgrade includes a service life extension, a HUD, an improved weapons system and new cockpit, GPS-based navigation and Western communications equipment; the upgrade is understood also to include the Python 3 AAM and the Griffin LGB. It is thought the contract may cover conversion of nine single- seat and one twin-stick MiG-21. IAI also procured and modified six L-39 Albatros trainers for Cambodia; one was lost soon after delivery. Cambodia's difficulty in meeting the financial terms of its contract make it unlikely that the remaining MiG-21s, which are thought to be unserviceable, will be upgraded. </p> <p>Cambodia's other training type, the P92 Echo, is an Italian-built, high-wing trainer certificated to very light aircraft rules. Al
  • Fishbed facelift

    News | 08 Apr 1997 23:00

    <p>A familiar, delta-winged dart descends to a smooth landing at Aerostar's Bacau base, with the Carpathian mountains forming a hazy backdrop to this once improbable scene. It would have been unthinkable as recently as seven years ago that a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO code-name "Fishbed") - the most widely-used fighter the Soviet Union ever produced - should be fitted with state-of-the-art avionics and weaponry from Israel. Yet this has become the Romanian air force's way of maintaining a credible, affordable, fighter force into the 21st century, and it is Romanian manufacturer Aerostar's way of striking up industrial links which could prove the key to its own future. </p> <p>Aerostar was established in 1953 as the URA - a repair and overhaul base for Romanian air force Yakovlev Yak-18s and Yak-23s, and later also for the MiG-15 and MiG-17. Other types still maintained by the company include the Ilyushin Il-28 and its Chinese-built equivalent, the Harbin H-5, and the Czech-built Ae