Armed Forces

Poland Provided Ukraine with 10 MiG-29

MiG-29 numer 111 tuż po starcie.
Photo. Jarosław Ciślak/

Poland has provided Ukraine with 10 MiG-29 aircraft, as Mariusz Błaszczak, Polish Deputy PM and Minister of Defence said during his visit in Canada.

Mariusz Błaszczak was responding to a journalist question regarding Polish deliveries of fighter jets for Canada. During the conference, both Błaszczak and his Canadian counterpart Anita Anand also mentioned the Leopard Coalition regarding the deliveries of Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks to Ukraine. Poland has sent 14 Leopard 2A4s to Ukraine, while Canada - 8 such tanks. The tanks delivered by Canada were flown to Poland by Canadian Air Force C-17s ahead of training and delivery to Ukraine.

Poland and Slovakia are two countries that have officially donated Soviet-Era fighter jets to Ukraine. Poland has provided 10, while Slovakia 13, including four in an operational condition. As of now, there is no decision to provide Ukraine with modern Western jets, such as F-16, Gripen or F/A-18 Hornet, despite Kyiv repeatedly requesting for deliveries of newer fighters to enhance its defence capabilities against Russian aircraft, which increasingly employ long range weapons fired from outside the engagement envelope of most of Ukrainian Ground Based Air Defence Systems.

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