In total, the two countries are armed with 39 MiG-29 fighters of various modifications, Slovakia has already taken all the aircraft out of service and is ready to transfer 10 aircraft. Polish deliveries are not publicly announced.
Slovak Defense Minister Yaroslav Nagy expressed his readiness to transfer MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine simultaneously with Poland. The head of the defense wrote about this on Facebook.
At a meeting of EU defense ministers in Sweden, Polish President Andrzej Duda said he was ready to transfer MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine.
“I think it’s time to make a decision. People are dying in Ukraine, we can really help them, there is no place for Slovak politicization. This is inhuman and irresponsible,” Duda said in an interview with CNN.
Yaroslav Nagy also confirmed his readiness to hand over the planes. He noted that, together with Poland, Slovakia has made significant progress in the supply of fighters.
Slovakia decommissioned all MiG-29s in August 2022. They are ready to transfer 10 out of 11 aircraft to the Ukrainian army, the last one will go to the museum. Slovak aircraft were upgraded in the mid-2000s to the AS version. As part of the improvements, the radar sighting system was improved, the pilots were able to fire at two targets at once. Also changed the navigation and communication equipment. The resource of fighters was extended until 2035.
The Polish Air Force is armed with 28 MiG-29 fighters, of which 22 are in the MiG-29A version, the remaining 6 are the MiG-29UB.
Recall that on February 10, Slovakia received a request from Ukraine for the transfer of MiG-29 fighters.
On March 2, the media wrote that Slovakia could transfer 10 aircraft to Ukraine. The Air Force doesn’t need them anymore.
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