Air Platforms

Russia to upgrade Slovakian MiG-29s

05 September 2013
The Slovak Air Force is to have its MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighter aircraft upgraded under two new support contracts with RSK MiK. Source: Slovakian MoD

The Slovak Air Force is to have its MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighter aircraft upgraded, under two contracts awarded to RSK MiG.

The contracts, announced by MiG on 2 September, will see the company "provide for repair and rework of aircraft radar systems" and services for repair and recovery work on the aircraft's airframes.

The state of Slovakia's MiG-29s is controversial, with Slovakian Defence Minister Martin Glvác stating on 4 September that past support contracts were not enforced by the previous ministry leadership, leading to widespread cannibalisation of aircraft in order to source spares. According to Glvác, Slovakia has lacked sufficient spare engines, landing gear, and other major components to maintain its full fleet due to past support arrangements not being enforced.

In a statement, the Slovakian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said past support arrangements should have "ensured delivery of spare parts and repair" to damaged aircraft. However, this "never happened" as the past leadership "did not insist on the implementation of subscription agreement".

According to the MoD statement, the "consequence [of the cannibalisation] has been less serviceable aircraft, reduced pilot flight hours, higher fighter failure rates and finally threats to the security of the country".

Slovakia signed an upgrade contract in 2004 for 12 of its MiG-29s to be modernised and their service lives extended through to 2030-35. These aircraft were delivered back to Slovakia in 2008; however, IHS Jane's data has revealed that only four of these were believed to be fully operational by May 2011.

According to the MoD, due to the "damage to property in the state administration, [we] will hold a criminal investigation".

From the Russian side, Sergei Korotkov, the general director of MiG, stated that "the implementation of the [new] contracts will greatly improve the performance of the MiG-29s [of the] Slovak Air Force". He added that MiG is interested in a "long-term collaboration" with Slovakia.



(310 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Aero Surveillance AS 450

    Type High-endurance multi-role UAV. Development The AS 450 high-endurance multi-role UAV is the result of a technical and marketing partnership between Aero Surveillance and Norwegian contractor Robot Aviation AS which was announced during June 2014. As such, Aero Surveillance describes the AS

  • Aero Surveillance AS 50 EC

    Type Fixed-wing surveillance UAV. Development Aero Surveillance characterises the AS 50 EC as being a 'small tactical UAV' that is suitable for applications such as military ISR, convoy protection, oil/gas infrastructure monitoring, environmental monitoring, agricultural support and

  • Aero Surveillance ASV 150

    Type VTOL surveillance UAV. Development Aero Surveillance characterises its ASV 150 VTOL surveillance UAV as being suitable for a range of applications including military surveillance, convoy protection, unexploded ordnance detection, law enforcement, infrastructure (including power lines,

  • Aero Surveillance ASV 200

    Type ASV 200 VTOL surveillance UAV. Development Aero Surveillance characterises its ASV 200 UAS as being suitable for a range of applications including military surveillance (ISR), convoy protection, unexploded ordnance detection, law enforcement, infrastructure (including oil/gas facilities and

  • Kamov Ka-175

    Type Land-based/shipboard VTOL surveillance UAV. Development IHS Jane's became aware of the Ka-175 in mid-2014 at which time, the AV was under development and was described as having reached the detailed design documentation/mock-up stage. Again, the platform was said to be being developed for use

ADVERTISEMENT

Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.
ADVERTISEMENT