Israeli Air Force Simulates Air Combat with MiG-29s

May 14, 2009 -- According to RIA Novosti, the Israeli Air Force is currently using Soviet-designed MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters for pilot training.

"We have studied them and are using them to practice dog fights. It is a good opportunity to see how effective our Air Force can be in dealing with a possible adversary," an Israeli test pilot told the channel.

The MiG-29 is considered to be one of the best warplanes in service with Israel's potential adversaries, in particular Syria, Iran and Sudan.

Developed in the 1970s, it entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1983, and remains in use in Russia and in at least 25 other nations.

The fighter was developed to counter new U.S. fighters such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the F/A-18 Hornet.

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