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Americans reveal Russian MiGs in Venezuela
LENTY.RU ^ | September 17th, 2004

Posted on 09/17/2004 10:21:22 AM PDT by struwwelpeter

15:21 2004-09-17

American military intelligence confirms that the Venezuelan ministry of defense has several new MiG-29 fighters. The MiG-29s for now located on one of the bases in the region of Lake Maracaibo. The fighters periodically perform training flights in the region of Curacao island in the Caribbean sea, where they were detected by the American military. Information about Venezuela's MiG-29s was also confirmed by representatives of the Columbian ministry of defence.

The purchase of Russian fighters, according to the American military, is part of a long-term plan by the Venezuelan ministry of defense to upgrade their air forces. Venezuela plans to buy about 50 Russian MiG-29 fighters in various modifications, with 40 single-seat and 10 dual-seat models. Venezuela plans to spend about 5 billion dollars for the Russian fighters, including missiles and special aviation and airfield equipment.

Until recently the only MiG-29s in Latin America were used by Peru and Cuba. Cuba only has six MiG-29s.

(Excerpt) Read more at lenty.ru ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: latinamerica; mig; napalminthemorning; russia; venezuela
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Probably posted somewhere else under a different title, perhaps this has new details.
1 posted on 09/17/2004 10:21:24 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter

All that money we give them for oil had to be drained off somehow.


2 posted on 09/17/2004 10:26:14 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: struwwelpeter

...hmmmm, this would be pretty cool thing to see next month when I'm in Curacao....a little M-29 fly by would be interesting.


3 posted on 09/17/2004 10:30:39 AM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: struwwelpeter
I wonder how the poor of Venezuela, Chavez's "people", will benefit from the purchase of these MiG-29s?


4 posted on 09/17/2004 10:32:38 AM PDT by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: xrp
I wonder how the poor of Venezuela, Chavez's "people", will benefit from the purchase of these MiG-29s?

They will benefit by the protection the MiGs provide against them, oops, I mean for them.

5 posted on 09/17/2004 10:36:08 AM PDT by vollmond (DS2 CV-66 83-87)
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To: xrp

Theres not a single country in Latin America that needs MIG-29s. This just starts a minor-league problem between Venezuela and all of its neighbors. There was a period in the 1960s where almost of the dictators in Latin America was using its military to threaten neighbors...thus keeping their instablity out of the press. It appears that we are going full-circle now.


6 posted on 09/17/2004 10:36:22 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: struwwelpeter

of course who will be flying these 29's for chavez? Does he know planes take pilots?


7 posted on 09/17/2004 10:40:24 AM PDT by Walkingfeather (q)
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To: struwwelpeter

Chavez is becoming more of a headache than he's worth. I think he'll lose his job sometime after our election.


8 posted on 09/17/2004 10:40:47 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Member of the Pajamanistas for over a whole month now!)
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To: HawaiianGecko

beware the Ides of November....I like it!


9 posted on 09/17/2004 10:42:31 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: HawaiianGecko

Not just his job but his life.


10 posted on 09/17/2004 10:42:31 AM PDT by Broker (Grand Pa Pettibones)
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To: struwwelpeter

Wow-if the numbers are confirmed,it will be the largest single buy of Mig-29s by a nation after India brought nearly 80 in the late 1980s.Going by the current trend,the variant probably will be the multi-role Mig-29SMT.MIG has been having a quiet revival of sorts with Algeria also showing interest in the Mig-29SMT & India deciding to buy the new generation Mig-29K for the carrier, it is buying from Russia.


11 posted on 09/17/2004 10:44:18 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Walkingfeather

1-800-Rent-a-Rus


12 posted on 09/17/2004 10:46:12 AM PDT by BroncosFan (NJ 2005: Schundler for Governor)
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To: struwwelpeter

This is not going to make the Colombians very happy at all..


13 posted on 09/17/2004 10:51:31 AM PDT by Paradox (Occam was probably right.)
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To: daumal

Does anyone know how old of a model the MIG-29 is?


15 posted on 09/17/2004 10:56:09 AM PDT by sargon (How could anyone vote for the socialist, weak-on-defense fraud named John Kerry?)
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To: struwwelpeter
MiG-29s, up close and personal.


16 posted on 09/17/2004 10:56:14 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Walkingfeather
of course who will be flying these 29's for chavez? Does he know planes take pilots?

The same pilots that fly the F-16 fighter.

17 posted on 09/17/2004 10:58:13 AM PDT by ScreamingFist (Peace through Ignorance)
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To: struwwelpeter
Military Deals "Way of Influencing World Power Shifts", Says Putin (6/11/2001)
18 posted on 09/17/2004 10:59:47 AM PDT by Askel5 ( Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. )
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

Beautiful pic, now that's a keeper.


19 posted on 09/17/2004 11:02:40 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: BroncosFan
FAV F-16s were used in combat during the military coup on November 27th, 1992 against Carlos Andres Perez (at that time President of Venezuela).

FAV= Venezuela Air Force.

20 posted on 09/17/2004 11:04:37 AM PDT by ScreamingFist (Peace through Ignorance)
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