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Series Aero 77
Publisher/Brand Jiri Jakab
Author Jakub Fojtik
No. Pages 52
Version Soft cover
Category Aviation Books
Subcategory Soviet Jet Aircraft
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The publication follows AERO No. 76 and focuses mainly on the use of MiG-29 aircraft abroad. Unlike the Su-27 aircraft, the MiG-29 machines were from the beginning intended for wide export. India has long been interested in aircraft, looking for a way to balance the capabilities of the Pakistani Air Force. Surprisingly, it received its first F-16 Block 15 aircraft in 1983 in exchange for support for US intelligence operations during the Soviet intervention in neighboring Afghanistan. And because Islamabad was originally to acquire the older F-5E Tiger II, the acquisition of significantly more modern F-16s necessitated adequate modernization of the Air Force on the Indian side. The first requests for the supply of aircraft were handed over by Indian diplomacy to Moscow in 1982, without knowing exactly the performance of the aircraft. It was only during the visit of USSR Minister of Defense Dimitri Ustinov to Delhi in February 1984 that the supply of forty MiG-29 and four MiG-29UBs was promised and the possibility of subsequent licensed construction of another 110 machines directly at the Indian HAL plant was discussed. Of course, there are also deliveries of MiG-29s to the Warsaw Pact countries in the late 1980s and to other countries up to the present.