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Serbian MiG-21UM trainers take over QRA from grounded MiG-29s

19 September 2017

The Republic of Serbia Air Force and Air Defence recently grounded its last operational MiG-29 fighters due to a bird ingestion incident, it was revealed during a session of the security and internal affairs committee of Serbia's National Assembly on 12 September. The nation's quick reaction alert (QRA) mission is now conducted by a pair of obsolete MiG-21UM 'Mongol-B' jet trainers modified to carry R-60 short-range infrared homing air-to-air missiles.

Member of Parliament Miroslav Lazanski told the committee that the Serb QRA mission will be ineffective as the MiG-21UM has no guns and that Serbia urgently requires the six MiG-29s announced in 2016 that Russia would donate.

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