Russia has offered its Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter aircraft to Argentina for its program to procure new jets, TASS reported quoting Anatoly Punchuk, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).
Punchuk is heading the Russian delegation at the Expodefensa 2017 arms exhibition in Bogota, Colombia being held from December 4 to 6.
“Speaking about Argentina’s possible acquisition of Russian MiG-29s, I want to note that the hardware is being selected in compliance with the required parameters and on a tender basis while a final decision on the aircraft purchase is within the competence of the leadership of the Argentine Republic. As of today, the Russian side has said it is ready to take part in the tender and submitted all the required materials. We hope to win in the tender,” Punchuk said.
These aircraft are perfectly suitable for solving the tasks placed upon the Argentine Air Force and for their operation in local geographical conditions, he added.
The MiG-29 multirole frontline fighter is designed to destroy air targets day and night in any weather conditions. The aircraft can effectively carry out air patrols and provide air support for ground forces and troop landings, isolate a combat area, conduct air reconnaissance, intercept air targets, accompany attack and military transport planes and deliver strikes against ground and naval targets.
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-29; NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) is a Soviet twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed and developed by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s.
The MiG-29, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, was developed to counter new American fighters such as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The MiG-29 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1982.
The MiG-29 has been manufactured in several major variants, including the multirole Mikoyan MiG-29M and the navalised Mikoyan MiG-29K. The most advanced member of the family to date is the Mikoyan MiG-35.
Later models frequently feature improved engines, glass cockpits with HOTAS-compatible flight controls, modern radar and IRST sensors, and considerably increased fuel capacity; some aircraft have also been equipped for aerial refuelling.
The MiG-29 has also been a popular export aircraft; more than 30 nations either operate or have operated the aircraft to date, India being one of the largest export operators of the type. As of 2013, the MiG-29 is in production by Mikoyan, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) since 2006.