Air-to-air missiles for Polish MiG-29
On the 8th of October the Armament Inspectorate informed about starting the tender for the supply of guided missiles air-to-air R-27R1. In the Polish aviation the guided missiles can be used in two squadrons of MiG-29 fighters.
The army is looking for a supplier of 40 missiles R-27R1. The rockets are to be new, manufactured one year before the planned delivery with the guaranteed by the manufacturer expiry date of technical fitness of 96 months (airtight container) or 60 months outside the special packaging . The tender documents include information that the supplier of arms could be from Ukraine. In the current political situation it is the most likely direction from which the missiles will be purchased. The contract is to be executed between January and the end of November 2016.
The choice of a particular supplier will be determined by two criteria: the lowest price (80 points) and the warranty period (20 points). The applications of entities interested in participating in the tender are accepted until the 16th of November 2015.
A small number of medium range guided air-to-air missiles was indicated as one of the disability MiG-29s used in Poland. Until now 32 Polish MiG-29 used the missiles produced a few decades ago, even in the Soviet era.
During Military Exhibition in Kielce on Ukroboronprom booth there were materials concerning the Ukrainian family of R-27. The Ukrainians also offer their modernization in the form of missiles with increased opportunities, for example R-27ER1, R-27ET1, R-27T1, R-27EP1 and R-27P1).
Mariusz Cielma/Dziennik Zbrojny