Romania grounds MiG-21 fleet, targeting F-16 and F-35 fighters

Romania grounds MiG21 fleet
Romanian Air Force MiG-21 LanceR.

The Romanian Air Force suspended flight activities with the MiG-21 LanceR aircraft starting from April 15 as per order of the Chief of Defense, General Daniel Petrescu.

This decision was made following the increase in plane crashes during MiG-21 LanceR jet operations, which resulted in multiple fatalities and damaged or destroyed aircraft. The purpose of the Defense is to prevent further mishaps by decreasing the risks associated with technical failures.

During the grounding of the MiG-21 LanceR fleet, the Romanian Air Force will continue to carry out the Air Police Service with the F-16 fighters, supported by the Allied aircraft deployed in Romania as part of the NATO Air Policing mission.

The nation has also taken steps to accelerate the acquisition of 32 F-16s from Norway, which will form two more squadrons in the coming years. The law decree for this acquisition is currently being approved and will be presented to the Romanian Parliament as soon as possible.

The Romanian Air Force plans to operate with three F-16 squadrons for about 10 years, pending the introduction of the fifth-generation F-35 aircraft.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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