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The scandal around the Ukrainian fighter: all the details

Громкий скандал вокруг украинских истребителей: все подробностиIn Croatia, the Ukrainian fighter MiG-21 began to break down in the air.

The machines were obtained by the air forces of Croatia in the framework of the contract about repairs and the purchase of the MiG-21 in the amount of $ 133 million, signed in July 2013 with the company “Ukrspetseksport”.

March 16, MiG-21 Croatian air force almost crashed. During training flight the pilot suddenly began to panic, shouting at the radio, “Falling like a brick!”. Reporters found that in flight the engine failed, and only the skill and composure of the pilots who managed to restart it, saved them from death, and from destruction.

The Ministry of defence has not confirmed or did not deny the stop of the engine during the flight, but noted that technical problems had taken place.

“We can confirm that a technical problem has occurred on Board the aircraft during the flight, after the aircraft returned to the airbase Pleso. Currently it passes all the necessary technical checks to determine why there was this situation”, — say in the Department.

The problem, however, was much more serious. During the investigation, reporters found that, of the 12 aircraft that were transferred to Croatia, Ukraine, for flight fit only four. All the MiG-21 was bought from Ukraine and held there scheduled maintenance. This has been acknowledged by the chief of staff of the armed forces. The situation had to intervene even President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who arrived at the air force base near Zagreb with an unscheduled visit.

“We can perform tasks of NATO and others, but this may not be a long-term solution. We have to think of LBM to replenish a squadron of Croatia’s new fighters,” — said the President. The same opinion and the defense Minister, who said that the situation was “a concern”: “we Can only imagine how pilots manage every day by the MiGs, not knowing whether they will fly or not. Do we need another case when the pilot dies and the plane goes down in residential area”.

In March 2016 Jutarnji List reported that the military police of Croatia suspect that the resulting force of Croatia under contract in 2013 from the Ukraine MiG-21 are not the original machines, and assembled from parts bought in other countries. Law enforcement agencies suspect that Ukraine received from the aircraft killed the serial numbers, the part numbers do not correspond to the attached documents, and overhaul of the machines has never performed. The investigation began after a series of problems to fighters. The machines were obtained by the air forces of Croatia in the framework of the contract about repairs and the purchase of the MiG-21 in the amount of $ 133 million, signed in July 2013 with the company “Ukrspetseksport”. Enterprise “Odesaviaremservice”, where he spent the re-equipment of the aircraft, was visited by the Minister of defence of Croatia Ante Kotromanovic.

According to the version of the Croatian authorities, a contract worth over 17 million euros for the purchase of five fighter planes and the repair of seven MiG-21 was corrupt: bought planes allegedly were five years older than was stated in the documents, as the repair is done poorly, in connection with which the incumbent is called on to investigate the conditions of the contract.

Development of the MiG-21 began in 1953. 22 Nov 1958, rose into the sky pre-production aircraft under the designation E-6, and in 1959, the MiG-21 started to produce commercially. In most countries of the world the fighter was withdrawn from service by the end of 1990-ies.

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