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Russian airbase in Armenia to receive MiG-29 aircraft

By Ryan Maass   |   Jan. 5, 2016 at 4:19 PM
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MOSCOW, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The Russian Ministry of Defense will deliver a new batch of MiG-29 light tactical fighters and a single Mi-8 transport helicopter to an air base in Armenia.

The aircraft are scheduled to arrive at the Erebuni airbase in Armenia in the second half of 2016.

"A new batch of MiG-29 fourth generation light multipurpose light tactical fighters and one Mi-8 transport helicopters will arrive at Russia's Erebuni airbase in the Republic of Armenia in the second half of 2016," The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The MiG light multipurpose aircraft will be equipped with updated technologies, and are set to protect the the country's airspace and carry out training flight exercises, the ministry added.

The Russian airbase in Erebuni was formed in 1995.

MiG-29 fighters were designed by the Soviet Union as air superiority fighters, and have since been repurposed as multirole fighters fitted with air-to-surface and precision munitions.

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