The Drive: Russian MiG-29 was hard to get into Libya


Flight of the Russian fourth-generation fighter MiG-29, which, as consideredwere relocated from the Syrian air base Hmeimim to Libya, turned out to be very unusual. After all, from Khmeimim to the current place of airplanes - Al-Jufrah airbase - about 2100 km, and this type of combat vehicles can not refuel in the air. Therefore, the Russian MiG-29 was difficult to get into Libya. Experts of the American edition of The Drive tried to figure out the situation.


From Khmeimim to the Libyan air base, Al-Jufra is very far away, and only modifications of the MiG-29KR and MiG-29SMT are capable of refueling in the air. That is, either modifications are located at the Libyan base (which is unlikely), or the planes were redirected somehow without refueling

- Observe military experts from the United States.

Probably, the aircraft carried out additional refueling in Egypt, which, as you know, supports the LNA and Marshal Haftar.

The very presence of the MiG-29 in Libya is considered proven, since they are clearly visible in satellite images. According to the American publication, they can be used for attacks on unmanned aerial vehicles of the Turkish army, which supports the Government of National Accord (PNS). But Russian fighters themselves, in turn, will become targets for Turkish drones, they are confident in the publication.

According to The Drive, the MiG-29 aircraft and Mi-24 helicopters manufactured by the Russian Federation were probably purchased by the United Arab Emirates from Belarus.

We note from ourselves that the ferry range of the MiG-29 fighter with two outboard fuel tanks is about 2100 km.
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  1. 123 Online
    123 (123) 27 May 2020 17: 31
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    From Khmeimim to the Libyan air base, El Joufra is very far away, and only modifications of the MiG-29KR and MiG-29SMT are capable of refueling in the air. That is, either modifications are located at the Libyan base (which is unlikely), or the planes were transported somehow without refueling

    It’s simply impossible to assume that the planes are not from Khmeimim, they will be expelled from work. We have to dive below the baseboard and come up with fantastic versions.
    Dear American experts did not consider the version with towing camels?
    1. Kristallovich Online
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 27 May 2020 17: 56
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      Aircraft definitely with Hmeimima. They were spotted a week before the events in Iran, there were reports, including with us. Plus there are pictures of Hmeimim himself with MiGs. It is foolish to deny the obvious. The only question that remains open is what kind of aircraft. Whose purpose are they for ...
      1. 123 Online
        123 (123) 27 May 2020 18: 47
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        Aircraft definitely with Hmeimima. They were spotted a week before the events in Iran, there were reports, including with us. Plus there are pictures of Hmeimim himself with MiGs. It is foolish to deny the obvious. The only question that remains open is what kind of aircraft. Whose purpose are they for ...

        What is the basis for the belief that these are the same aircraft? It is foolish to retell someone else's nonsense.
        1. Kristallovich Online
          Kristallovich (Ruslan) 28 May 2020 18: 52
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          What is the basis for the belief that these are the same aircraft? It is foolish to retell someone else's nonsense.

          Then a photo was taken from Khmeimim .... The MiG-29 without identification marks, with the PTB on suspensions ... There you go, ravings ..

          1. 123 Online
            123 (123) 28 May 2020 19: 08
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            Here a photo of Khmeimim was fitted .... MiG-29 without identification marks, with PTB on suspensions ... Here you go and the ravings ..

            After Khmeimim I did not see a single photo. Airplanes could be ours, but far from a fact. Believe the Americans? Their reputation is not the same.
            Speaking of photos. Is that for sure Hmeimim? When was it made?
            I would like to see in more detail, for example, what kind of flag is in the background. Don’t share the source?
            I do not see anything supernatural in the fact of the possible dispatch of aircraft, the question is only about the reliability of the information.
      2. nov_tech.vrn Offline
        nov_tech.vrn (Michael) 28 May 2020 08: 16
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        The US command in Africa stated that it allegedly revealed a violation of the arms embargo on Libya by the Russian Federation. An analysis of the "evidence" demonstrates that there could not be Russian fighters there.
        The press release published by AFRICOM has a lot of controversy. The text of the document says about one aircraft and the photo shows a fighter in the singular, but General Townsend in his speech talks about fighters in the plural.
        Townsend operated photographs from the Khmeimim airbase, in which eight Russian planes allegedly went to Libya. How the Americans found that they headed to the mentioned final destination is unclear, and these words are not explained in any way. Russian aviation patrols airspace in Syria, so American drones could take photos from there. Moreover, Townsend said that the transferred planes had shaded designation signs, but in the AFRICOM photo, the fighter’s affiliation with the Russian Air Force is clearly visible.
      3. nov_tech.vrn Offline
        nov_tech.vrn (Michael) 28 May 2020 09: 28
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        From botany - some looking at a banana may consider horseradish.
  2. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 27 May 2020 23: 36
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    In my childhood I read a story about how children sent a telegraph pole to the sky during the war, and a German plane flew to bomb this pole. And the fact that there, in Libya, a cardboard fool, did not think?