Romanian air force resumes flights with MiG-21 LanceR following incidents

Flights with the MiG-21 LanceR resumed Monday (23 May) and will continue for almost one year, the defence ministry has said. [Shutterstock/Emilio100]

Romania’s air force resumed operations with the MiG-21 LanceR fighter jets, which were grounded almost six weeks ago following multiple incidents involving this aircraft.

Flights with the MiG-21 LanceR resumed Monday (23 May) and will continue for almost one year, the defence ministry has said.

Romanian pilots will fly the MiG-21s only for air police missions and continue their training, and the air force will remove this aircraft from its fleet on 15 May 2023.

The defence ministry also said it took measures to speed up the acquisition of 32 used F-16s from Norway to add to the 17 second-hand F-16 jets already part of its fleet.

Meanwhile, the air force will commence procedures to acquire fifth-generation fighter jets, the ministry added.

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