MiG fighters overwhelmed Vietnamese hangars in anticipation of their "cutting" for scrap


The MiG-21 supersonic front-line fighter faithfully served the People’s Army of Vietnam. During her battles with American troops, the whole burden of the struggle for supremacy in the sky fell "on the shoulders" of this particular Soviet machine, which entered into air battles with the Phantoms.


As a result, Vietnam had a fairly extensive MiG-21 fleet. However, the apparent obsolescence of the machine, both moral and physical deterioration, forced the military to abandon its operation. Aircraft of this type were sent for temporary storage in November 2015. They should have been in reserve while the country's air force was looking for a replacement, considering options for the acquisition of both Russian Su-35 fighters and American F-16s.

As a result, in 2019, only the Yak-130 squadron was purchased from the Russian Federation, the supply of which will allow to write off the combat training L-39s. Apparently, during this time it was decided to dispose of the MiG-21s that were in storage. At least recently taken photographs indicate that they are not regarded as military aviation: Fighter crammed crowded hangars and the area near them.

Decommissioned MiG-21 interceptors and L-39 training aircraft of the People’s Air Force of Vietnam, awaiting cutting into scrap at storage in the area of ​​Danang Air Base

- writes Lee Ann Quann.

As a result, the air fleet substantially subsided in quantitative composition. According to IISS, a year ago the Air Force listed 6 Su-27SK, 5 Su-27UBK and 35 Su-30MK2. To fighter aircraft remaining in service, you can add 27 units of the Su-22 in versions M3, M4 and UM. They can still be found in a fairly presentable form in the current parts.


MiG-21 and L-39



Su-22
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  1. Vladimir_2U 4 March 2020 04: 32 New
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    Air and military technology museums and private collections are waiting for replenishment!
    1. Graz 4 March 2020 05: 49 New
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      как вариант состоятельных туристов катать. да и просто распродать желающим, внешне на представленных фото самолеты вроде не в плохом состоянии находятся
    2. Starover_Z 5 March 2020 20: 17 New
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      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Air and military technology museums and private collections are waiting for replenishment!

      If ! It would not hurt to bring several aircraft to Russian museums!
  2. Revival 4 March 2020 04: 36 New
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    Legendary and victorious!
    (For Vietnam).
    Symbol! (view of the layman from the side, comrades).
    Something like the T34, in a simple perception of the Vietnam War.
    1. Polite Moose 4 March 2020 10: 09 New
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      Quote: Revival
      Legendary and victorious!
      (For Vietnam).
      Symbol! (view of the layman from the side, comrades).
      Something like the T34, in a simple perception of the Vietnam War.

      I completely agree! Places of these machines are not in the second color, but on pedestals. Vietnam has something to remember.
  3. master 52 4 March 2020 04: 39 New
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    all the same, the MiG-21 is a beautiful car that our designers can’t take away is the ability to create beautiful and deadly cars.
  4. master 52 4 March 2020 04: 40 New
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    he entered his mark in the history of aircraft construction. American pilots respected him very much :)
  5. Mytholog 4 March 2020 04: 47 New
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    Nothing lasts forever, alas. And considering that now for Vietnam the main potential adversary - China - to upgrade the MiG-21 is pointless.
    1. Levin 4 March 2020 05: 41 New
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      The funny thing is that the basis of the PLA fighter aircraft (domestic developments) are airplanes made on the basis of the same Mig-21. That's what good genes mean. bully
      1. Bongo 4 March 2020 09: 52 New
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        Quote: Levin
        The funny thing is that the basis of the PLA fighter aircraft (domestic developments) are airplanes made on the basis of the same Mig-21.

        No longer. no
        https://topwar.ru/153238-sovershenstvovanie-sistemy-pvo-knr-na-fone-strategicheskogo-sopernichestva-s-ssha-ch-4.html
        https://topwar.ru/153713-sovershenstvovanie-sistemy-pvo-knr-na-fone-strategicheskogo-sopernichestva-s-ssha-ch-6.html
  6. Levin 4 March 2020 05: 29 New
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    Миг-21. Старый воин ушёл на покой. Ты достойно служил и воевал полвека. Ты стал легендой ещё при жизни. Но все рано или поздно заканчивается. Вот и пришёл твой срок. hi
  7. Lontus 4 March 2020 05: 50 New
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    remake under cruise missiles with a large warhead.
  8. Fitter65 4 March 2020 06: 35 New
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    MiG-21bis in the first photo, previously belonged to the Air Force of the SFRY, and after the collapse of the SFRY of the Croatian Air Force.

    And Vietnam has nothing to do with the MiG Air Force planes ...
  9. rotmistr60 4 March 2020 06: 38 New
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    Technology, like a person, begins to age at first, then retires by old age (is removed from service), and then dies (is disposed of). You can’t argue against time.
  10. RUSLAN 4 March 2020 07: 03 New
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    Not practical Vietnamese! You can sell it into private collections, targets for air defense exercises, remake it into cruise missiles, but to monuments at last! Why immediately cut it out?
    1. igor67 4 March 2020 07: 23 New
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      Quote: RUSLAN
      Not practical Vietnamese! You can sell it into private collections, targets for air defense exercises, remake it into cruise missiles, but to monuments at last! Why immediately cut it out?

      Most likely they are in a non-flying state, selling who needs scrap, and repairing it is a lot of money, our rembase back in Soviet times was repaired by Vietnamese MI24, because of humidity and rodents they were in such a terrible state
  11. Azazelo 4 March 2020 07: 51 New
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    An article from the category-all Soviet in a landfill .... what kind of propaganda anti-Soviet topvar ????
  12. Pavel57 5 March 2020 01: 38 New
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    And we have nothing to offer easy and inexpensive.
    1. V.I.P. 5 March 2020 10: 16 New
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      It seems to me inexpensive and modern now hardly anyone will offer .. If modern radars, various hanging containers, long-range missiles and planning bombs in a set for an airplane, then it will not be cheap ..
      1. Pavel57 5 March 2020 11: 22 New
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        Китай может предложить, но это не в случае с Вьетнамом. Отчасти Корея.
    2. Pavel73 5 March 2020 13: 20 New
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      В том и беда :(... Нет у нас самолёта-наследника МиГ-21. Надо было заниматься глубокой модернизацией одномоторного МиГ-23, избавив его от крыла с изменяемой геометрией, и поставив на него кабину пилота с нормальным обзором, а не создавать параллельно с Су-27, по сути уменьшенный его аналог МиГ-29.
  13. Pavel73 5 March 2020 12: 59 New
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    MiG-21 is a very good aircraft of its generation. The MiG-23 that replaced it would be even better if it weren’t for the variable wing geometry, which would give it improved take-off and landing performance, but complicate the design, making it less reliable, and make the aircraft heavier by 1,5 tons. The Americans, having had business with the MiG-21, made the right conclusions, and now their F-16 (essentially the analogue of the fourth-generation MiG-21) is the most massive and successfully used combat aircraft in the world. A plane of this class should be lightweight, simple and cheap. That is, one motor, and no changeable geometry. Alas, this cannot be said either about the MiG-23 because of its complex and unreliable design, nor about the MiG-29 because of its twin-engine. Both aircraft were a conceptual mistake. After the war, we had three really cool MiGs: MiG-15, MiG-21 and MiG-31. The MiG-23 and MiG-29 missed a lot.
    1. Pavel57 5 March 2020 13: 39 New
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      Why upgrade the MiG-23. Projects of a single-engine fighter were at both Mikoyan and Sukhoi.
      But the military ran into a twin-engine scheme. And no one saw the export potential of the single-engine scheme.
      And the Chinese have competently developed two projects, one around the AL-31 - J-10, the second around the RD-33/93 - JF-17.
      И линейку МиГ-21 не забросили.
      Да и кроме одномоторного F-16 есть еще и одномоторные Grippen и Tejas. Так что у Вьетнама достаточный выбор.
      1. Pavel73 5 March 2020 13: 47 New
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        Especially offensive if such projects were.