MW: Algeria received the best MiG-29 ever built by Russia

The Algerian Air Force ranks first in Africa in terms of its power. At the same time, the best MiG-29s ever built by Russia have already begun to arrive there. They should further increase the capabilities of the African country's air fleet, writes the American edition of Military Watch.

The Algerians have four squadrons of MiG-29 fighters of various modifications. They are armed with about 50 units of the MiG-29S, MiG-29SMT and MiG-29UB.

In August 2019, Algeria signed two contracts with Rosoboronexport for a total amount of $ 1,8 billion.The Algerians ordered 16 heavy Su-30MKI (A) and 14 medium MiG-29M / M2. The first batch of MiG-29M / M2 (presumably two units) was recently delivered to the airbase in Busfer (near Oran) disassembled. The 193rd (19th) fighter squadron is located there and the Algerian Air Force wants to replace the outdated MiG-29S with new fighters, which were purchased in the early 2000s in Belarus and Ukraine.

Algeria is a traditional buyer of Russian weapons, so the deal is not surprising. The MiG-35 was adopted by the Russian Aerospace Forces in June 2019. However, why the Algerians did not order the newest MiG-35s is not clear. Especially in light of the fact that they showed interest in him, as well as in the fifth generation Su-57 fighter.

The MiG-35 boasts a number of excellent characteristics. It has a more powerful engine with a variable thrust vector, a new radar with AFAR, modern missile weapons (R-37M and X-58), an electronic warfare system, and even has artificial intelligence.

Perhaps Algeria does not dare to buy the MiG-35 right away, since its characteristics will improve even more after several years of operation in the Russian Aerospace Forces. The Algerians decided to wait and bribe the MiG-29M / M2 for now, because this is the cheapest fighter produced in Russia today. But despite the immense appeal of the MiG-29M / M2 on the world arms market, the MiG-35 will undoubtedly surpass it.
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  1. Hodor Offline Hodor
    Hodor 27 October 2020 18: 01
    The best built moment29 is moment35
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 27 October 2020 18: 45
    Algeria well done! "They do not seek from good, good." Not like India.
  3. assault 2019 Offline assault 2019
    assault 2019 (assault 2019) 27 October 2020 23: 17
    Perhaps Algeria does not dare to buy the MiG-35 right away, since its characteristics will improve even more after several years of operation in the Russian Aerospace Forces.

    Or maybe Algerians are simply afraid of MiG products after they were "burned" in 2007 on a batch of openly defective MiG-29SMTs, which were later returned to Russia.
    It was not for nothing that ours removed them from the Aerospace Forces just 10 years after the start of operation, replacing them with the Su-30SM.
  4. Dear sofa expert. 28 October 2020 10: 26
    Why should they spend extra money?
    They don't have many enemies.
    France? She is in NATO. Algerians do not look like suicides.
    Morocco? The Air Force is so-so. Old f16 and "mirages", pieces of 25.
    ISIS? They do not have their own aviation.
    Well, the only thing ... Lebanese against Egypt could be helped, in which case.