First Russian MiG-29 Jets Delivered to Egypt

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Egypt has received first MiG-29 fighter jets under a contract with Russia, the Interfax news agency reported, citing Egyptian Deputy Minister of Defence Mohammad El-Keshki.

“We have already received some jets, but not all of them. The execution of the contract continues,” El-Keshki said, adding that the Russian side “is trying to deliver the aircraft as soon as possible.”

Originally it was reported that the first two MiG-29s under this contract were to be transferred to Egypt before the end of 2016. The approximate cost of the deal stands at $2 billion.

In February 2016, the Deputy Head of the MiG Aircraft Corporation Alexei Beskibalov announced that Rosoboronexport signed a contract with “one of the countries in North Africa” to supply more than 50 MiG-29M/M2 fighter jets by 2020.

Most likely, the deal implies delivery of 46 single-seat MiG-29M aircraft and from six to eight MiG-29M2 jets intended for pilot combat training, a source in the aviation industry told Lenta.ru.

The MiG-29M/M2, also known under the “marketing” MiG-35/35D index, is the latest version of the MiG-29 fighter jet. The new machines are equipped with innovative radio-electronic devices and improved engines. This fighter jet version was developed in the 2000s using a number of solutions found during the creation of the MiG-29K/KUB deck fighter upgraded model.