Eleven of Ukraine’s MiG-29 fighters could be armed with advanced weapons along with receiving new capabilities owing to Israel’s offer of modernising the Russian-origin aircraft at a total cost of $440 million, according to a report.
“The winged craft will receive fundamentally new capabilities and the latest weapons for airborne warfare. The upgrades could cost about $440 million, at $40 million per fighter,” a source in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by Defense Industry Courier on August 28.
“Israeli firm Elbit Systems could be responsible for the upgrades,” the source added.
The source also mentioned that the contract has not yet been signed, and negotiations are still underway.
Poland also seems to be considering the upgrade of its MiG-29s by Ukraine at a cost of about $1 million per jet. Modernization works will be carried out at the capacities of Lviv Aviation Repair Plant. The NATO-member state is eyeing this "inexpensive” option, after its purchase of used F-16s from the US for over $3 billon "was unsatisfactory" in terms of improving air superiority, a report by the same publication said.
India is negotiating with Russia over the purchase of additional 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi Su-30 jets, Indian media have reported. “A proposal in this regard by the Indian Air force (IAF) is likely to be taken up before a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry in the next few weeks,” government sources said
A MiG-29 fighter belonging to the Azerbaijani Air Force on a routine training flight crashed into the Caspian sea on Wednesday, the defense ministry said in a statement on Thursday. "On 24 July, at about 22:00, a MiG-29 plane of the Azerbaijani Air Force, which was conducting a training flight, suddenly disappeared from the radar
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is negotiating with Russia to make a fresh purchase of long-range missiles for its Su-30MKI and MiG-29 fighters, after acquiring $700 million-worth air-to-air and guided missiles from Mosow. The new multi-million dollar purchase includes “nearly 300 units of R-73 short-range air-to-air missiles, 400 units of RVV-AE (R-77) medium-range air-to-air guided missiles, and X-31 radar jamming Russian missile,” highly placed sources told
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