MiG-29 Fulcrum

North African MiG-29 Order Announced

An unspecified North African country has ordered 50 MiG-29M/M2 fighters, RIA Novosti cited Alexei Beskibalov, the head of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, as saying on 5 February. Beskibalov added that the first two aircraft would be delivered later this year. The Russian business daily Vedomosti reported on 25 May 2015 that Egypt was close to […]

Russian Jets in Syria Fly Joint Mission with Syrian Planes

Russian warplanes in Syria have flown their first joint combat mission with the Syrian air force, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday. The Defense Ministry said that a pair of Syrian MiG-29 fighter jets escorted two Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft during Thursday’s mission. The ministry said that Syrian pilots had previously visited the Russian base […]

Russia, Egypt Agree on Major Contract for MiGs – Paper

Russia and Egypt have agreed on a contract to supply 46 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter aircraft, the Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing sources in the Russian aviation industry. The contract could be signed in the very near future, the paper says. A Rosoboronexport spokesman declined to comment. Efforts by the newspaper to reach a spokesperson for the […]

Saudi Airstrikes Cripple Air Force in Yemen

Saudi warplanes struck military bases that had been seized by Houthi rebels in Yemen, crippling the air force in a U.S.-backed campaign that has led to fears of a proxy war among the Middle East’s big powers. As weekend airstrikes blunted their expansion into southern Yemen, the Iranian-backed rebels suffered a political setback: Their most […]

Iran Plans to Build Mig-29 Fighter Jet Simulator

The Iranian Air Force plans to manufacture a home-made simulator for Mig-29, Deputy Commander of the Army’s Self-Sufficiency Jihad Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri announced. “Iranian Army’s Air Force has manufactured Sukhoi Su-24 and Mirage simulators and we are going to start construction of Mig-29 simulator soon,” Admiral Amiri said, lauding Iran’s Army self-sufficiency in different […]

From Dumb Bombs to Precision Weapons, Assad Regime Ramps Up Airstrikes on Rebels

The Syrian regime has responded to recent rebel gains in the south with a wave of airstrikes of unprecedented accuracy, suggesting precision-guided bombs are being used against western- and Gulf-backed opposition forces. Dozens of attacks were carried out last week in southern Syria, hitting buildings used by rebels as headquarters for their operations in the […]

Russia Making Major Push Into Mideast Market

Following a decade of “near-absence” in the Middle East, Russia is once again asserting itself as it looks to sell arms to former Soviet-era clients while breaking into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market. “Moscow’s policies again have become markedly more active,” said Dimitry Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. “During his presidency, Vladimir […]

Russian Forays Into Turkish Airspace Challenge Ankara’s Syria Policy… And NATO

Russian warplanes entered Turkish airspace from Syria twice over the weekend, sending Turkish F-16s scrambling. In separate incidents on Monday, a Russian-made Syrian MiG-29 jet placed two Turkish F-16s patrolling the border under radar lock for several minutes. Later that day, Syrian surface-to-air missile batteries locked on to another flight of Turkish F-16s. The incidents […]

Containment: The Gulf States’ Game Plan for Yemen

The Saudi-led international coalition operating in Yemen announced late last month it had ended the first phase of its nearly month-long campaign in the country. Though the coalition fell short of its stated goal of returning Yemen’s internationally recognized government to power, it insists that in removing the threat of spillover to Yemen’s neighbors, it […]