Kimppis wrote:franco wrote:Kimppis wrote:So does the retirement of those MiG-29s mean that the number of fighters in service will decrease? So if I understood correctly, they are getting replaced by 29SMTs, Su-30SMs and MiG-35s (in the near future), but is that enough?
There are only 3 front line squadrons (>50) left of the older Mig-29 at two bases and they are due to be replaced by at least 52 Su-30SM, Su-35S and Mig-29SMT. All of the replacements are multi-role aircraft from 2 to 5 times more effective per plane then the old ones.
But they had something like 200-300 29s in service a few years ago... So those are going to be replaced by only 50 fighters?
The Su-30SM's have already replaced the Mig-29's at Domna. Most left are with training units or in reserve now. I suspect by the end of 2016 there are 50 Mig-29SMT in front line units and about 70 other -29's left in training, testing and demonstration units.