MOSCOW (Sputnik News) — After being fully repaired, MiG-29 fourth generation jet fighters will be deployed to the Russian airbase in Erebuni to protect Armenian airspace. These deployments will take place in the second half of 2016.
MiG-29 jets have been used to protect Armenia’s airspace within the joint air defense systems of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). They have also been involved in regular training flights in accordance with the combat readiness program.
“In the second half of 2016, a new unit of MiG-29 fourth-generation multirole jets as well as a Mi-8 transport helicopter will be deployed to the Erebuni airbase, in Armenia,” according to the Russian Southern District Military report.
The military emphasized that preparations will start at the airfield for the new aircraft following the New Year holiday season and that these preparations will include building storage housing modules.
In November 1998, Russia deployed the first MiG-29 jets to the Erebuni airbase. In July 2001, an air force unit was formed from the aircraft deployed to the base.