The Vietnamese military is extremely caring for weapons systems. for example, Hanoi is going to send for conservation most of the fleet of T-90 tanks, recently acquired from Russia. But this approach applies not only to the new, but also old technology.
Vietnamese are very sensitive to 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-21, famous in the Vietnam War, can fly again … like unmanned aerial vehicles
– writes VietDefense, pointing, that work is currently underway to convert decommissioned vehicles into UAVs.
At this stage, research is aimed at ensuring automatic landing of drones.
As explained by the publication, MiG-21 will still serve, Their "robotic" options 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 striking means.
Although all Vietnamese MiG-21s were written off to 2010 year, most of them are still stored in hangars across the country. It will be very interesting to watch the progress made over time.
– notes VietDefense.