Egyptian Air Force MiG-29 with a released fuel rod
MiG-29M / M2 fighters purchased by Egypt in Russia can be used as tankers since they were delivered together with the corresponding equipment. This was reported by TASS with reference to a source in the military-industrial complex.
Egypt, along with MiG-29M / M2 fighters, received PAZ-MK refueling suspension units, which enables fighters to fulfill the functions of tanker aircraft
- the agency leads the words of the source.
According to the publication, at a recent exercise by the Egyptian Air Force, MiG-29 fighters acted as tankers, refueling Dassault Rafale fighters. During the maneuvers, refueling of two Egyptian French Air Force fighters was worked out. The number of delivered PAZ-MK sets is not reported.
According to the data provided by Jane's, the Egyptian Air Force did not previously have any air tankers, so the radius of the Egyptian aviation outside the country was severely limited. The use of the MiG-29 as a tanker will significantly expand the radius of the country's air force.
Recall that the contract for the supply to Egypt of a total of 52 MiG-29M / M2 fighters was signed by Rosoboronexport in May 2015. Deliveries began in 2018.