Ukrainian Plant not Taking Responsibility for MIG-29 Crash in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan

Politics Materials 21 February 2008 14:31 (UTC +04:00)

Ukraine, Kiev, 21 February / Trend corr. Z.Novosvitski / The Lvov Aviation-construction plant is sure in high quality of work on MIG-29 production.

"We build and updated more than hundred such airlines. The quality of our airlines has been approved by international certificates and documents from the Ukrainian Defence Ministry," Roman Kachmar, the chief engineer of the plant, stated to Trend .

The MIG-29 fighter jet of the Air Forces of Azerbaijan crashed, during training on 29 January. Both the pilots died. A case has been filed by the Military Prosecutor of Azerbaijan.

On 12 February, the Kazakhstan Armed Forces MIG-29 fighter jet crashed. The airplanes were built in the Lvov state Aviation-build plant.

Elena Lvova, the PR head of the Russian aircraft constructing corporation, previously said to Trend that the crash may have been caused by the sale and use of out-of-date equipment. Lvova said that the manufacturer had suggested several times being involved in the upgrading of MIG fighters. "Only then will we be liable," she said. The MIG-29 aircraft, which Azerbaijan uses for protection of its air borders, also crashed during training in Russia, Malaysia, Peru, Slovakia and Armenia.

The Algeria Air-Military Forces returned 15 MIG-29 airplanes back to Russia, which was delivered in 2006 and 2007.

The MiG-29 "Fulcrum" was designed and built to be a single-seat supersonic, all-weather, air superiority fighter representing the latest and perhaps last fighter production item from the Mikoyan Design Bureau. The primary role of the MiG-29 is to destroy air targets at distances from 60 to 200 km (30 to 110 NM) at all altitudes, on all profiles, in any weather, and under all ECM conditions. In addition, the basic MiG-29 is capable of limited air-to-ground operations and in advanced versions, has been optimized to attack both stationary and moving targets with precision guided munitions.

The Lvov Aviation-building plant manufactures MIG-21, MIG-23, MIG-27 and MIG-29 airplanes.