Russia can supply MiG-29, Su-35 fighters to
Russia can supply MiG-29, Su-35 fighters to Egypt - Rosoboronexport
FARNBOROUGH. July 25 (Interfax-AVN) - Rosoboronexport is in technical
consultations with the Egyptian Defense Ministry regarding possible
supply of Mikoyan MiG-29M2 and Sukhoi Su-35 fighter aircraft, head of
the Rosoboronexport's Department of Air Force Special Gear and Services
Export Sergei Kornev told Interfax-AVN.
"We held a presentation of the MiG-29M2 and Su-35 aircraft for the
Egyptian Defense Ministry. Technical consultations are under way,"
Kornev said at the Farnborough international airshow near London.
It is too soon to talk about negotiating the supply of these aircraft,
he said. "In regard to aircraft, we are at the very beginning of the
path," Kornev said.
The company signed with Egypt a contract for the supply of Mikoyan
Mi-17V-5 helicopters, he said. "In regard to helicopters, we already
have certain results," said Kornev, who heads Rosoboronexport's
delegation at the airshow.Egypt - Rosoboronexport
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Egypt considers buying advanced Russian MiG-29
CAIRO: In what some
analysts expect to be a major weapons procurement policy shift, Egypt is
considering a Russian offer to sell the advanced MiG-29 fighter jet.
of Staff General Hussam Sueweilam told The Daily Star Egypt that
Egypt's decision to purchase the MiG-29 fighter planes from Russia
should not be considered a deviation from standard Egyptian policy,
adding that Egypt has fighter planes from different countries. He stated
that the Egyptian Air Force has French Mirage planes and US-made F-16s.
Suweilam added that the reason behind Egypt's intent to
purchase the MiG-29s was that the Egyptian air force needed newer
"We must update our planes," Suweilam said "[at present] we have MiG-21s which are old planes made in the fifties".
MiG-29 is an interception fighter plane suitable for defense of air
space. The American equivalent is the F-15 and the MiGs are cheaper."
But Dr. Mohammed Kadry Saeed, an expert on
military studies at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies,
believes the reported arms deals under discussion between Egypt and
Russia are a statement directed at the US.
“The statements are
intended for the US, probably as a response to the pressure the US
places on Egypt through the aid it provides. The American Congress is
always debating whether to renew the aid, asking whether Egypt is on our
side. So this is a message to the American Congress,” Saeed said.
coming out of Russia regarding elevated military cooperation are a new
development, he said; adding that it is the first time that arms have
been declared top of the agenda for a visit to Russia.
said that Egypt has traditionally dealt solely with the United States in
arms — as a major part of American aid to Egypt — while arms deals with
Russia usually entail replacements and spare part acquisitions.
Russian industry sources said President Hosni Mubarak has been briefed on the offer of advanced aircraft to Cairo.
sources said Russia's defense ministry and industry have discussed the
sale of the MiG-29SMT and MiG-AT air trainer to the Egyptian Air Force.
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