Photo:Draken maintains fighter aircraft for training.
Looking for a MiG-21 fighter jet with a top speed of Mach 2? You’ll find a fleet of them in Lakeland, home of Draken International, which maintains more than 50 tactical fighter aircraft, including 25 MiGs. Draken provides the aircraft to the Department of Defense and defense contractors for training purposes, which could include the fighter jets posing as the enemy during practice missions. The company announced earlier this year that it will spend $6.7 million to expand its headquarters and maintenance and repair facilities at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Draken CEO Jared Isaacman says the expansion includes 55 new jobs.