07 November 2013 by Guy Martin – defenceWeb
The Mozambique Air Force will soon receive two second hand Antonov An-26B transport aircraft, which are currently being refurbished in the Ukraine.
The An-26B-100s have been worked on for the last few months at Kiev-Zhuliany in the Ukraine, according to Air Forces Daily. One was seen in July painted in Force Aerea de Mocambique colours while a second was seen test flying in late July. It is not clear exactly how many An-26s are destined for the Mozambique Air Force or when exactly they will be delivered.
It is not clear from where the aircraft originated, but it is certain that they are not ex-Mozambican examples, as these are unserviceable. Six derelict An-26s are in open storage at Maputo, two are at Beira and one at Cuamba, reports Air Forces Daily. Mozambique’s Air Force received around ten An-26s from 1978. One crashed on March 30, 1986, whilst trying to land at Pemba Airport, killing 3 crew and 41 of 46 passengers on board.
Reports of the An-26 acquisition are the latest to emerge regarding the modernisation of the Mozambique Air Force, which until recently almost ceased to exist. Earlier this month it was reported that the country will soon receive eight MiG-21s (six Mig-21Bis and two MiG-21UM trainers) from Romanian company Aerostar once their overhaul is complete, together with an L-39 jet trainer and two Festival light aircraft.
The arrival of the MiG-21s will give the Air Force a jet capability not had in years, as its MiG-21s have fallen into disrepair and are grounded.
Another recent acquisition occurred in September when the Air Force took delivery of a second hand Hawker 850XP business jet, built in 2005.