Russia deploys upgraded MiG-29 fighter batch at Armenia Airbase
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.
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."
Gorbul, however, did not specify the number of aircraft.
A part of Russia's 102nd military base located in Gyumri, the country's 3,624th air base had earlier hosted 16 MiG-29 jets operating under the framework of air defence agreements signed between the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), according to the news agency.
Apart from fighter jets, Russia is also planning to strengthen the airbase with a new helicopter squadron comprising at least 18 attack and transport aircraft.
Manufactured by Mikoyan design bureau, the MiG-29 Fulcrum is a fourth-generation jet fighter aircraft designed to destroy hostile air and surface targets within radar coverage limits using unguided weapons during visual flight conditions.
Powered by two RD-33 turbofan engines, the aircraft has been developed in several variants, such as Mikoyan MiG-29M and naval variant Mikoyan MiG-29K, and can be also be modified to use a broad spectrum of air-to-surface armaments and precision munitions.
Apart from Russia, the aircarft is also operational with the air forces of Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, North Korea, Poland and Ukraine.
Image: A MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter in flight. Photo: courtesy of Zimin.V.G.