Speculation over who Mikoyan was building 46 brand-new MiG-29M jets for has come to a end with Egypt being revealed as the customer.
The MiG-29 is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union, the MiG-29, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, was developed to counter new American fighters such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16.
The MiG-29M was developed as an advanced variant of the MiG-29, formerly named “MiG-33”, it was originally designed by Mikoyan in the Soviet Union during the mid-1980s.
The Moscow Times has reported that Russian newspaper Vedomosti cited two unidentified aviation industry sources. According to one of Vedomosti’s sources, the deal for the 46 MiG-29 fighter jets will cost up to $2 billion.
The Syrian Air Force ordered 24 MiG-29M/M2s however in July 2012 at the Farnborough Air Show, Russia announced it would not deliver weapons, including combat aircraft, to Syria until the crisis there ends.
In May 2013, RSK MiG’s director general, Sergei Korotkov, said that the company plans to sign a contract to deliver “more than 10” MiG-29 M/M2 with Syria and that Syrian delegation was in Moscow to discuss terms and deadlines of a new contract supplying fighter jets to Syria.
In November 2013, it was reported that Egypt and Russia were negotiating an order of 24 MiG-29M/M2s for the Egyptian Air Force. In April 2015, Egypt instead signed a contract, worth up to $2 billion, for 50 MiG-35 fighters.