Egypt to receive largest order for MiG-29 since Soviet era in 2020

Egypt will receive some 50 MiG-29 fighters from Russia as scheduled in 2020, Russian news agency Sputnik reported on Monday.

Russia's contract on the delivery of MiG-29 fighter aircraft to Egypt is in keeping with its schedule, deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Alexei Frolkin said.

"The delivery will be carried out within the period set out in the contract," Sputnik quoted Frolkin as saying at the IDEX 2017 exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.

The contract, reportedly initiated after Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in February 2014, would be the largest order for the MiG-29 jets in the post-Soviet period.

The contract on the delivery of some 50 MiG-29 Fulcrum multirole fighters reportedly sets the 2020 completion deadline.

Russia's Vedomosti newspaper in May 2015 reported that the jets were going to Egypt as part of a US$3.5 billion arms deal signed by Putin and Sisi in April 2015.

The MiG-29 aircraft is a multi-role fighter of "4+" generation. It's known for Russians by the name of Fulcrum, and has been designed to act as air defense, ground attack, and can carry six air-to-air R-73 missiles, in addition to missiles R-60, and 30 mm automatic cannon, and its top speed is 2445 km/h.



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