For the first time, an Algerian MiG-29M2 was photographed. The twin-seat fighter jet numbered FB-99, shot by the Russian planespotter Yuri Yudaev, was carrying out a test flight at the MiG Manufacturing Complex in Lukhovitsy near Moscow.

The aircraft is part of an order for 14 MiG-29M/M2 and 16 Sukhoi Su-30MKA combat aircraft signed at the MAKS Air Show in Moscow, in July 2019. 

The first batch of three MiG-29M and one M2 was delivered, disassembled, at the Bousfer Air Base near Oran, Algeria in October 2020. The base houses the 193rd Fighter Squadron, currently operating on Soviet-era MiG-29S and MiG-29UB.

The sight of an Algerian MiG-29M2 at Mikoyan’s facility on February 1, 2021, indicates that the second batch is being prepared for delivery.

The Mikoyan MiG-29M is the latest iteration of the MiG-29 developed in the 1970s. It is a multirole fighter jet intended for interception, air superiority, as well as ground attack missions. Algeria is the second foreign customer of the Mikoyan MiG-29M after Egypt. Their configuration should be identical.

In late 2019, rumors emerged that Algeria might have been interested in acquiring a number of Su-57, thus becoming the very first export customer of the Russian fifth-generation fighter jet. That eventuality was later dismissed.

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On Christmas Eve, a Russian fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet crashed in Komsomolsk-on-Amur during a test flight. Three days later, media reports emerged that the Algerian Air Force decided to acquire 14 copies of the aircraft.