21 ‘mothballed’ MiG-29s offered to IAF

It is reported that an IAF team has recently visited Russia to examine a batch of 21 MiG-29s originally built for the Soviet Air Force and since in storage at a Russian air base over the past three decades.  According to an IAF officer, these were found in “excellent condition and could well supplement the current MiG-29 fleet of the IAF”.  The IAF present inventory of 69 MiG-29s are being upgraded and will have multirole capabilities as also increased internal fuel capacity. If the additional 21 MiG-29s are procured, reportedly at a price of Rs.  285 crore per aircraft, these too would be subsequently upgraded to the UPG standard.