Romania to fly military MIG-21 jets for one more year

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A Romanian Air Forces MIG 21 Lancer performs during a Romanian - U.S. airshow at Kogalniceanu airport, 250 km (155 miles) east of Bucharest June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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BUCHAREST, May 25 (Reuters) - NATO member Romania will continue flying its remaining fleet of military MiG 21 LanceR jets for one more year until May 15, 2023, as it speeds up a planned purchase of second-hand F-16s from Norway, the defence ministry said.

In April, the ministry had decided to ground them immediately given their considerable high accident rate. read more

Romania has a small fleet of F-16 fighter jets acquired from Portugal and is in the process of buying an additional 32 F-16 jets from Norway, which will give it an additional two air squadrons.

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Reporting by Luiza Ilie

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