Russia plans to purchase 16 MiG-29 SMT fighter jets until 2016, according to the Kommersant daily.
Following the announced delay on the purchase of 37 MiG-35 fighters until after 2016, this agreement with MiG Corp. is part of the government’s effort to keep the struggling combat aircraft maker afloat.
“The MiG Corporation will have three years to perfect the design of its MiG-35 aircraft and prepare its smooth transition to mass production,” Russian military official was quoted as saying by Kommersant.
“Meanwhile, we will work together on MiG-29SMT, which is already in service [with the Russian Air Force], and at the same time support our [aircraft-making] industry,” official added.
The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) company confirmed the upcoming deal adding that an option for the purchase of a second batch of MiG-29SMTs will be offered to the Russian military.
The overall deal could be worth up to $485 million, an unnamed UAC official was quoted as saying by Kommrersant.
The Russian Air Force currently has 28 MiG-29SMT fighter jets rejected by Algeria in 2007 over the “inferior quality” of the aircraft.
The faulty MiGs have been refurbished with new components, overhauled and thoroughly tested before being approved for service with the Russian Air Force.
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The former Indian Air Force officer, Sanjeet Singh Kaila has filed a petition at Delhi high court, seeking justice over MiG-21 crash incidents citing "violation of his fundamental right to life, especially the right to work in a safe environment" under Article 21 of the Constitution. Kaila was a victim of an air crash, which left him unfit for flying after a regular flight exercise back in 2005 went awry
Russia and Peru are to sign an upgrade contract for Limas fleet of Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters by the end of May, Russian officials announced recently. Details of the contract are not yet known
The Russian Defense Ministry and aircraft maker MiG have signed a contract for the delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter aircraft, MiG announced on Wednesday. The value of the contract has not been disclosed
The Russian firm MiG completed the delivery of the modernization kits for Indias MiG-29 fighters, according to ITAR-TASS. Under a 2009 contract worth $964 million, the Russian corporation agreed to modernize six fighters at its production sites and provide kits for the modernization of other Indian MiG-29 planes into the MiG-29UGP version by the local aircraft industry enterprises
Indias Basant Aerospace Private Limited has signed two agreements worth $55 million as part of a general offset contract with Air India, according to itar tass. The first contract worth $43 million will allow the establishment of a service centre in India for the restoration and repair of the Zhuk-ME airborne radar produced by Fazotron-NIIP
MiG Corporation has won a $470 million contract from the Russian Defense Ministry for 16 advanced MiG-29 SMT fighters, according to RIA Novosti. “The value of the contract, including the ground support and test equipment, is more than 17 billion rubles
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
India yesterday signed two contracts worth a total $55 million with the MiG Corporation, MiG was quoted by RIA Novosti. Under the first contract estimated at $43 million, a servicing center will be established in India for maintenance and repair of Zhuk-ME on-board radars
Russia has claimed leadership in the export of new multirole fighter jets for 2009-2012, as per figures from Russias arms exporter Rosoboronexport reported by Russias Center for the Analysis of the Global Arms Trade. In that four-year period, Russia supplied 224 new jets valued at about $9 billion
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