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MiG-21 will still serve: Vietnam intends to turn decommissioned fighters into drones

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The Vietnamese military is extremely careful to weapons systems. For example, Hanoi is going to send a large part of the park for conservation. tanks T-90, recently acquired from Russia. But this approach applies not only to new, but also to old technology.


The Vietnamese are very sensitive to the old weapons left over from the war with the United States and its allies. Among the most "iconic" products is the MiG-21 fighter.

After duels with American pilots several decades ago, the legendary MiG-21s, famous in the Vietnam War, will be able to fly again ... like unmanned aerial vehicles

- writes the publication VietDefense, indicating that work is currently underway to turn decommissioned vehicles into UAVs.

At this stage, research is aimed at ensuring automatic landing of drones.

As the publication explains, the MiG-21 will still serve, their "robotic" versions are necessary both for imitating targets during air defense exercises with the participation of the S-300 air defense system, and for real combat work, acting as strike weapons.

Although all Vietnamese MiG-21s were decommissioned by 2010, most are still stored in hangars around the country. It will be very interesting to watch the progress made over time.

- notes VietDefense.
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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 21 October 2020 08: 42
    +9
    I said for a long time that it is a crime to scrap the entire fleet of aging aircraft!
    Something for the museum, but something like a groundwork for the future. Electronics and computerization are striding by leaps and bounds, and in a few years all these MiGs and Su can be turned into both reconnaissance drones and drums, as well as "kamikaze". I am sure that the weight of the equipment will not exceed the mass of the ejection seat, the pilot's life support systems, and which have already become secondary systems.
    1. Graz
      Graz 21 October 2020 08: 49
      +1
      it is thought that the conversion and maintenance of unmanned aerial vehicles from old aircraft will be very expensive in relation to new samples made from scratch
      1. faiver
        faiver 21 October 2020 09: 01
        +7
        Americans have been practicing this for a long time and tigers have altered and phantoms
      2. PROXOR
        PROXOR 21 October 2020 11: 11
        -1
        It depends on what kind of drones.
        If it’s just intelligence, I’ll agree.
        And when you need a real percussion, there are already other costs.
    2. Graz
      Graz 21 October 2020 08: 51
      +3
      although the experience of such development will be interesting as a possible source for the mob reserve, incl.
    3. Vita vko
      Vita vko 21 October 2020 09: 17
      +8
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Electronics and computerization are striding by leaps and bounds, and in a few years all these MiGs and Su can be turned into both reconnaissance drones and drums, as well as "kamikaze".

      This also applies to armored vehicles, where the inventors of robotic platforms for the army are essentially engaged in sabotage, cramming complex and expensive electronics into weakly protected Uranus-type hulls, while thousands of tanks and armored personnel carriers, instead of modernizing, rust in warehouses.
  2. Dodikson
    Dodikson 21 October 2020 08: 48
    +4
    I once dreamed that if there was a war between Russia and NATO, but take the decommissioned MiG-23 and convert them into shock UAVs and strike them, and behind them the Su-34, which will carry air defense and the Su-35,57, which will carry the enemy's air force ...
  3. cniza
    cniza 21 October 2020 08: 50
    +7
    MiG-21 will still serve: Vietnam intends to turn decommissioned fighters into drones


    But they will also make this very interesting decision.
    1. Graz
      Graz 21 October 2020 08: 51
      0
      the question is, as always, in price
      1. cniza
        cniza 21 October 2020 08: 54
        +3
        Of course, but they can be made disposable ...
        1. Graz
          Graz 21 October 2020 08: 56
          0
          you forget about maintaining the aircraft in flight condition, and given their age, then ...
          1. cniza
            cniza 21 October 2020 09: 04
            +6
            This is decided by specialists and I think they calculate everything ...
            1. rocket757
              rocket757 21 October 2020 09: 21
              +4
              Hi soldier
              Defeat large, noticeable, poorly maneuvering targets, science is not great.
              A problem for air defense is becoming a little convenient targets, and even a huge number of them !!! During this task, homework for the entire air defense of any country.
              1. cniza
                cniza 21 October 2020 09: 26
                +3
                I think the Vietnamese understand this well too and they have a vision of how the MiG 21 can be used ...
                1. rocket757
                  rocket757 21 October 2020 09: 28
                  +2
                  No problem. The main thing is not to remain in a position unprepared for a new type of hostilities.
                  1. cniza
                    cniza 21 October 2020 09: 31
                    +3
                    There is a lot of new things here, but is it rational ...
                    1. rocket757
                      rocket757 21 October 2020 09: 34
                      +2
                      The ability to defend against modern threats, whether military or civil, is always rational.
                      1. cniza
                        cniza 21 October 2020 09: 40
                        +3
                        With defense, everything is clear, but with an offensive or counter-offensive, specialists must decide here ...
                      2. rocket757
                        rocket757 21 October 2020 10: 57
                        +1
                        Quote: cniza
                        specialists must decide ...

                        The situation, technique, methods, tactics are changing dynamically ... these specialists will not get out of the classrooms, i.e. service interspersed with study, otherwise it will not work now.
                      3. cniza
                        cniza 21 October 2020 13: 12
                        +2
                        It is worth stopping and you are eaten ...
                      4. rocket757
                        rocket757 21 October 2020 13: 20
                        +1
                        Well, yes, those who want the weak, inept, enough to eat.
    2. Bongo
      Bongo 21 October 2020 11: 04
      +2
      Quote: Graz
      you forget about maintaining the aircraft in flight condition, and given their age, then ..

      In any case, it is cheaper than building new drones of a similar class. In the USA, QF-4 and QF-16 are used not only as reusable targets, but also, if necessary, as armed "breakers" of air defense. In the PRC, several hundred outdated J-6 and J-7 fighters have been converted into vehicles for the same purpose.
      Operation "Phantoms" in the US Air Force continues
      https://topwar.ru/107692-ekspluataciya-fantomov-v-vvs-ssha-prodolzhaetsya.html
  • Stirbjorn
    Stirbjorn 21 October 2020 09: 09
    +7
    Quote: cniza
    MiG-21 will still serve: Vietnam intends to turn decommissioned fighters into drones


    But they will also make this very interesting decision.

    An example of Azerbaijan, which turned the decommissioned An-2 into drones for reconnaissance and opening of the Armenian air defense. The Armenians happily reported about the destroyed enemy planes, and even these sluggish ships got lost under the cameras, and then the drones destroyed the opened air defense systems.
  • Egoza
    Egoza 21 October 2020 09: 19
    +3
    Quote: cniza
    But they will also make this very interesting decision.

    Good luck to the Vietnamese in such a necessary and good undertaking !!!!
  • Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 21 October 2020 09: 25
    +3
    Quote: cniza
    MiG-21 will still serve: Vietnam intends to turn decommissioned fighters into drones


    But they will also make this very interesting decision.

    And what about the "interestingness" of the North Korean decision to create a squadron of MiG-15 "kamikaze"?
    1. cniza
      cniza 21 October 2020 09: 30
      +3
      If they do, no one will know about it until a certain time.
  • Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 21 October 2020 09: 01
    +4
    Rational use of resources.
    In our age, only disposable looks old-fashioned.
    But, especially in conditions of limited access to resources, the only correct approach.
    This is with us - "the scatter is big, women are still giving birth", and they have every nail in the case.
  • Ros 56
    Ros 56 21 October 2020 09: 23
    +1
    A sensible thought, but the price will fall. This is where the hucksters begin to fuss.
  • faiver
    faiver 21 October 2020 09: 43
    +3
    The Vietnamese are generally very zealous comrades, pomnitsa they also modernized our ancient anti-aircraft guns, and put the "needles" on Shilka with a new guidance system, handsome
  • Eug
    Eug 22 October 2020 07: 34
    0
    For the Vietnamese, the MiG-21, like the AK and the S-75 air defense system, is a symbol of their victory over the United States and fraternal assistance to the USSR. But, if the MiG - 21 is used as a drones, I would confine myself to the "aircraft-projectile" option, possibly an air-to-ground missile carrier, but without returning. The 21st never had good landing characteristics. To improve them, electronics alone is not enough, as for me, you need to increase the speed of the hydraulics, and this is very radical and, accordingly, expensive ... but I am sure that the Vietnamese comrades will figure it out. Success to them!