Chad receiving MiG-29s
Written by defenceWeb, Monday, 02 June 2014
The first photograph emerged late last month and comes five years after the Force Aerienne Tchadienne (Chadian Air Force) began negotiating the purchase of MiG-29s from the Ukraine. The first MiG-29 was seen flying in full Chad camouflage and markings from Liviv-Skinilov Air Base/Danyo Halytskyi International Airport in the Ukraine, reports Air Forces Daily.
In April 2009, Chadian website Tchadactuel quoted President Idriss Deby as saying that: "No African country except Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa has the weapons that Chad has today. In addition to what I have today, I am trying to acquire others. As I speak, my little brother Umar Deby, accompanied by the chief-of-staff of the air force, is in Ukraine, negotiating the acquisition of three MiG-29s, pilots, mechanics, and ammunition."
It is not clear where the Chadian MiG-29s are coming from, but it is likely that they are ex-Ukraine Air Force jets.
Chad has in recent years expanded its air force, and is currently receiving two C-27J Spartan transports from Alenia Aeronautica. It acquired a second hand Libyan An-26 transport in 2008, a single Mi-8/17 in 2010 from Russia and six ex-Singaporean AS350/550 Fennec helicopters in 2009/10.
Chad has acquired aircraft from the Ukraine before, including two second hand Mi-24V Hind combat helicopters in 2008 and six second hand Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft, including two Su-25UB trainers. These were delivered between 2008 and 2010, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
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