As reported, Russia and Algeria are negotiating the supply of MiG-29M / M2 fighter jets

WritesIvan Safronovin the article "The fighter went to the second Algerian circle"published in today's newspaper"Kommersant"Algeria, one of the largest buyers of Russian aviation technology, has shown interest in purchasing 14 MiG-29M / M2 type fighters that can replace the used Soviet MiG-29C from Belarus and Ukraine in the Algerian Air Force. This contract will allow the MiG Corporation to not only to get a few hundred million dollars in profits, but also ensure the loading of its production capacity for several years in advance. Russia's last attempt to enter the Algerian market with a MiG-29SMT aircraft was made in 2006, but the customer, having received the first 15 meters tires, fighters returned to the manufacturer due to the presence in them of substandard parts.
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Fighter MiG-29B Air Force Algeria, 2016 (c) Anton Pavlov, RussianPlanes.net
The fact that Russia and Algeria are holding closed negotiations on the purchase of a squadron of MiG-29M / M2, “Kommersant” told two sources in the field of military-technical cooperation, and the source in the leadership of the Russian military department said that the parties are discussing the sale of 14 new cars. The sum of the potential contract (taking into account the means of aviation destruction included in the package) is estimated at $ 700–800 million, says one of Kommersant’s sources: “We presume that the signing of a firm contract will become possible in the near future.” The Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Rosoboronexport (in talks with the Russian side) and the United Aircraft Building Corporation (UAC) abstained from comment yesterday. The Algerian military delegation attended last week at the international forum “Army-2018” in Kubinka, where the Deputy Minister of Defense, Colonel-General Alexander Fomin, and the head of the supply department of the Algerian Defense Ministry, Major-General Mustafa Debbie, discussed issues related to including weapons supplies.
Algeria is one of the largest buyers of Russian aviation technology.Over the past ten years, their Air Force fleet was updated with Su-30MKA fighters (44 units were received under a contract from 2006, 14 - by agreement from 2015), Mi-26T2 transport helicopters (14 units), training Yak-130 combat aircraft (16 cars). In addition, the Algerian military began to receive combat helicopters Mi-28NE (42 units were contracted in 2013). According to the expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makienko, Algeria’s procurement was promoted by the “NATO intervention in Libya”: “If before 2011 they were still eyeing the products of Western countries, they realized after these events: partners are more reliable than Russia and China in such sensitive issues , as a weapon export, simply not. ”
Now in service with the Algerian air force are several dozen Soviet MiG-29S and MiG-29UB, supplied from Ukraine and Belarus. In 2006, Algeria wanted to renew their fleet, having contracted 28 new single-seater MiG-29SMT and six two-seater MiG-29UB from Russia. However, the deal fell through: having received the first 15 aircraft, the customer accused the Russian side of using the used parts in them and insisted on returning the aircraft to the manufacturer (see “Kommersant” on February 18, 2008).Subsequently, 28 units of the MiG-29SMT entered service with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, and in 2014 the military bought another 16 such fighters.
The Algerian order for the MiG-29M / M2, coupled with the ongoing supply of 46 such aircraft to Egypt, will allow RSK MiG to load its facilities for several years in advance, says a Kommersant source in the aviation industry: “Against the background of the plans of the Russian military for the purchase of MiG-35 ( in 2018–2023, 6 vehicles must be delivered to the troops. - “Kommersant”) this order will be a good help for the corporation. ”
In addition to the “MiG” products, Algeria is also looking at other aircraft technology: in particular, the Su-32 bomber and the Su-35 multipurpose heavy fighter. In February 2016, the Su-35S, assigned to the 159th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 105th Mixed Air Division, the 6th Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Western Military District, flew to the Algerian proving ground Tamanrasset for demonstration flights. The deal did not come to a contract, however.

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