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12:35 PM, March 6, 2014

The Russian Ministry of Defence has deployed a new batch of upgraded MiG-29 Fulcrum fourth-generation fighter jets at its airbase at the Erebuni airport in Yerevan, Armenia, according to various reports.


Southern Military District spokesman colonel Igor Gorbul was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that, "a batch of fourth-generation MiG-29 multirole fighter jets has been put in service with the Russian airbase at Eerebuni after an extensive overhaul."


Gorbul, however, did not specify the number of aircraft.


Russia is also planning to strengthen the airbase with a new helicopter squadron comprising at least 18 attack and transport aircraft.


The MiG-29 Fulcrum is a fourth-generation jet fighter aircraft designed to destroy hostile air and surface targets within radar coverage limits using unguided weapons during visual flight conditions.


Powered by two RD-33 turbofan engines, the aircraft has been developed in several variants, such as Mikoyan MiG-29M and naval variant Mikoyan MiG-29K, and can be also be modified to use a broad spectrum of air-to-surface armaments and precision munitions, according to airforce-technology.com


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