Four now, more to go. Poland sends MiG-29 fighters

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Polish president Andrzej Duda informed that Poland will send four MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine in „coming days”, and others are being prepared.

"We are handing over four aircraft in full working order in the coming days, the others are being serviced, prepared and will probably be successively handed over," Duda said on Thursday in Warsaw after a conversation with Czech President Petr Pavel.

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Duda added that "we still have a dozen of these MiGs in our inventory at the moment", the aircraft are operational and still used for surveillance of Polish airspace, but "these are the last years of their operation".

He pointed out that MiGi-29s are "fighters that today Ukrainian pilots are able to operate without any additional training". "We will successively transfer (them) to the disposal of the Ukrainian Armed Forces". - he announced.

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Currently Poland has more than 20 MiG-29 fighters with operational status. They were purchased directly from USSR during the times of Warsaw Pact (12 units), from Czech Republic (10 units) and were taken from Germany as symbolic 1 EUR purchase (24 but only 11 were included into Polish fleet, the rest was worn out).

It is unclear how many fighters in total will be given by Poland, however the other NATO MiG-29 user – Slovakia – declared it will give 10 fighters.

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