Mozambique receives upgraded MiG-21s

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Romania’s Aerostar is close to completing a programme which will equip Mozambique's air force with eight refurbished Mikoyan MiG-21s.

“The programme commenced over a year ago and has involved six single-seat fighters and two double-seat trainer variants,” the company says.

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Performed at the Aerostar facility in Bacau, the overhaul has included equipping the Soviet-era fighters with GPS navigation equipment and a modern digital flight recorder. “In many instances the aircraft involved had not flown operationally for some 20 years,” Aerostar notes.

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The deal also covers the provision of training services for pilots and maintenance personnel, plus the overhaul and delivery of one Aero Vodochody L-39 jet trainer.

Aerostar has delivered six of the refurbished MiG-21s, and says the remaining two are due to be transferred early this month.

The newly-delivered aircraft will add a new capability to the Mozambique air force, which Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database records as currently having two Mil Mi-8 transport and two Mi-25 attack helicopters in service, plus one VIP-roled Hawker 125 business jet.