In 1982 a delegation of the Hungarian Air Force visited Wattay AB, near Vientianne, and had an opportunity to met pilots and MiG-21s of the LPLAAF's sole fighter Regiment. The Laos People's Liberation Army Air Force had set up a first interceptor squadron in 1977, with a total of some 15 MiG-21PFMs and MiG-21US. That unit was later brought up to a size of a full regiment, in 1984, when additional 15 MiG-21bis (including the example serialled '14') were delivered from the USSR. The Laotian Fishbeds were in use until the early 1990s, when all operations were suspended with the causation of Soviet and Vietnamese support. The aircraft were then put into storage. Some attempts were undertaken to upgrade them with Israeli and Indian help, but their poor state prevented any such developments. Early MiG-21PFMs delivered to Laos were camouflaged in Green and Brown-Earth scheme on upper surfaces, and light blue underneath. Subsequently delivered MiG-21bis SAU were left in their 'air superiority Grey' camouflage.
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