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  • Panama finds MiG fighter jets on N. Korean arms ship

    07/22/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT · by RainMan · 30 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/21/2013 | Lomi Kriel
    Investigators in Panama have found two MiG-21 fighter jets in cargo containers aboard a North Korean ship carrying weapons from Cuba. COLON, Panama — Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba have found the two MiG-21 fighter jets the Cuban government had said were on board, the government said Sunday. Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board the Chong Chon Gang, President Ricardo Martinelli told reporters in the Atlantic port of Colón. The discovery, which...
  • 'Syria MiGs lack offensive capabilities'

    09/07/2009 9:20:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 680+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/8/09 | HERB KEINON AND YAAKOV KATZ
    The four MiG-31E fighter jets that Russia will deliver to Syria will be without offensive capabilities and used for intelligence gathering alone, according to reports that reached Jerusalem from Moscow this week. According to these reports, Russia did not sell more planes to the Syrians for the simple reason that Damascus does not have the ability to pay for any more. The reports said that two of the planes would be operational, and the other two would be purchased for "cannibalization" purposes, amid a Syrian realization that Russia would not provide effective "after-sale service," and that these planes would be...
  • Soviet MiG-21 approaches its twilight years

    12/31/2008 10:42:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 58 replies · 3,714+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2008-12-14 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    <p>An icon of the Cold War, the MiG-21 came to symbolize the military might of the Soviet Union as it squared off against the West in conflicts from Vietnam to Africa and the Middle East.</p> <p>Now, exactly 50 years after it entered service, the jet fighter is approaching the twilight of its career in frontline service _ with NATO, the former Soviet Union's main rival.</p>
  • Iran financing helps Syria get top-line Russian fighters

    06/20/2007 12:33:24 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 4 replies · 489+ views
    World Tribune ^ | June 19, 2007
    MOSCOW — Syria has ordered the advanced MiG-31E fighter-jet from Russia with help from Iran who is expected to benefit from the deal. It is the first major Syrian procurement in nearly 20 years Industry sources said the Syrian contract was signed in early 2007 and the first aircraft delivery was expected over the next few months. The sources said the MiG-31E, with a configuration similar to that ordered by India, would provide Syria with a huge leap in air combat capability. "The Syrians will be getting the top line of Russian aircraft through financing by Iran and share some...
  • Russian fighters to be sold to Mexico & Brazil, pilots trained in Venezuela

    09/28/2006 6:27:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies · 4,079+ views
    Ria Novosti,Russia ^ | 28/ 09/ 2006
    Jets to be sold to Mexico, Brazil, pilots trained in Venezuela 11:46 | 28/ 09/ 2006 BUENOS-AIRES, September 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's state-owned arms exporter said Thursday it will soon sign deals to export Sukhoi warplanes to Mexico and Brazil, and will open helicopter maintenance and pilot training centers in Venezuela. Rosoboronexport's regional department head, Sergei Ladygin, said: "We hope that Sukhoi planes will soon appear in Latin American countries." Speaking on the sidelines of a military exhibition in Argentina, SINPRODE-2006, Ladygin said Rosoboronexport will also offer a modernized version of the Mig-29 Fulcrum fighter to Mexico and Brazil....
  • For sale: Albania’s MiG aircraft fleet

    11/02/2005 4:16:07 AM PST · by mark502inf · 15 replies · 980+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 1, 2005
    TIRANA, Albania - Albania’s antiquated air force of Soviet-designed MiG aircraft, which killed 35 Albanian pilots but no enemies, is finally on its way to the museum and the scrapheap, the armed forces chief said on Tuesday. “If anyone wants to buy them, they are welcome,” Gen. Pellumb Qazimi told Reuters. Some potential Western buyers “wanted to turn them into bars,” he said. For the Albanian military, the general said, the future lies in a fleet of modern helicopters able to “interact with the planes of the (NATO) alliance we want to join.” A satellite of Soviet Union and China...
  • North Korean Fliers Said to Have Sought Hostages

    03/07/2003 7:52:32 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 100 replies · 586+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 03/08/03 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON, March 7 — The North Korean fighter jets that intercepted an unarmed American spy plane over the Sea of Japan last weekend were trying to force the aircraft to land in North Korea and take its crew hostage, a senior defense official said today. One of the four North Korean MIG's came within 50 feet of the American plane, an Air Force RC-135S Cobra Ball aircraft, and the pilot made internationally recognized hand signals to the American flight crew to follow him, presumably back to his home base, the official said. The American crew members ignored the gesture commands,...
  • Buried MIGs in Iraq

    03/30/2004 9:47:10 AM PST · by rudi · 98 replies · 722+ views
    ACMOC Bulletin ^ | 3/29/04 | rudi
    I discovered today when searching to find any ap news related to the source photos. When I came across the photos, I wanted to know what I missed in the media news. I had not seen or heard anything about burried MIGs being found in Iraq. Apparantly our media did not bother to widely carry the story, as I have not been able to find anyone locally that already knew about it. Freerepublic did have a post of an ap article though! There, many of the posts wanted to see pictures. So, here they are. Http://*105087 Click on...
  • Half of Saddam's combat fighter force unearthed

    04/19/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 50 replies · 347+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | 4/19/03 | Neil Tweedie in Qatar and Toby Harnden in Washington
    More than 50 fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missiles and guns and huge amounts of ammunition have been found buried and hidden at a base in western Iraq. The aircraft, many in good condition, included three Russian-made Mig 25s, one of the fastest fighters in the world. Some were buried, while others were concealed in buildings and under camouflage netting. The find by Australian forces represents as much as half of Iraqi air combat power, and came as a fourth Iraqi from America's "most-wanted" list was handed over to US special forces by Kurdish fighters. Australian Special Forces soldiers stand guard by...
  • Iraqi 'Mach 3' MiG Buried in Sand (Charles Smith)

    08/06/2003 12:35:40 PM PDT · by HighRoadToChina · 282 replies · 1,057+ views ^ | August 6, 2003 | Charles Smith
    Iraqi 'Mach 3' MiG Buried in Sand Charles R. Smith Wednesday August 6, 2003 has obtained exclusive photos of a buried Iraqi jet fighter being recovered by U.S. Air Force troops. The Iraqi jet, an advanced Russian MiG-25 Foxbat, was found buried in the sands after an informant tipped off U.S. troops. Click here to see the MiG buried in the Iraqi desert. The MiG was dug out of a massive sand dune near the Al Taqqadum airfield by U.S. Air Force recovery teams. The MiG was reportedly one of over two-dozen Iraqi jets buried in the sands, like...