May 27, 2014

Russian Air Force to receive 16 MiG-29SMT in 2015-2016

Sixteen MiG-29SMT will join the Russian Air Force in 2015-2016. Eight planes will be shipped next year and another eight in 2016.
The contract is aimed at maintaining combat readiness of the Russian fleet of light fighters. The Russian Air Force had received 18 MiG-29SMT fighters in 2009-2010.
The MiG-29SMT is a qualitatively new version of the MiG-29 light frontline fighter. The plane may be equipped with a broad variety of air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons and can efficiently destroy aerial, ground, and seaborne targets.
It was reported that the MiG-29SMT's combat efficiency had tripled compared to the basic MiG-29 version, and its operation costs had been reduced by some 40 percent.

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