Serbia modernizes light attack aircraft НЈ-22 Orao
As the Serbian war journalist Svetozar Jokanovic told our blog, the Serbian Air Force decided to restore the airworthiness of the light attack aircraft NЈ-22 Orao.
On the storage bases, double variants of HЈ-22 Orao were selected, which were in storage with a slight touch.One of the intended for repair and modernization attack aircraft NJ-22 Orao Serbian Air Force (s) Svetozar Yokanovich
For example, one of the selected instances is the HJ-22 with the number 25505, released in September 1987. After a short service at the VOC (Test Center), he was transferred to the 241st Yugoslav Air Force fighter-bombing squadron, had a flight time of 555 hours and was decommissioned in June 1996. The reason was simple - Serbia, under pressure from the international community, had to abandon a large number of weapons.
Selected aircraft are currently being sent to the Serbian aircraft repair plant Moma Stanoilovic, where they will undergo major repairs and the first stage of modernization. HJ-22 was designed as an aircraft for training pilots (combat training).
Now there is a modernization of the navigation system, fire control system, changes to the rear cockpit and will make the plane completely different. The rear cockpit is no longer intended for the instructor, now there will be a navigator - the weapons operator.
At the next stage, the aircraft will receive a container with the necessary weapons for a specially designed for the upgraded version of the HJ-22: its main weapon will be the VRVZ-200 (VRVZ-200) guided missile with television and inertial guidance with a range of more than 40 kilometers. It also provides for the installation of new guided missiles M-16D and guided laser-guided bombs LVB-250 - all weapons of Serbian production.
It is assumed that after the work, the aircraft will remain in operation in the Serbian Air Force until 2035