I radioavisen siger rapporteren at meget afhænger af tilstanden af de MiG-29 fly som Polen og Slovakiet vil give Ukraine, for de er jo af ældre dato.
Der fortsættes med at det ville være bedre med nogle moderne F-16 i stedet.
Der er sikkert forskel på opgraderinger og vedligehold, men uden kvalificering er det spøjst at kalde MiG-29 for gammel og F-16 for ny.
Desuden har Ukraine fløjet MiG-29 i mange år og aldrig F-16, så alene optræning af piloter gør MiG'erne meget mere oplagte, skulle man tro.
Da Tyskland blev genforenet blev Østtysklands MiG-29'ere inkluderet i luftwaffe:
The Federation of American Scientists claims the MiG-29 is equal to, or better than the F-15C in short aerial engagements because of the Helmet Mounted Weapons Sight (HMS) and better maneuverability at slow speeds.[self-published source?] This was demonstrated when MiG-29s of the German Air Force participated in joint DACT exercises with US fighters. The HMS was a great help, allowing the Germans to achieve a lock on any target the pilot could see within the missile field of view, including those almost 45 degrees off boresight. However, the German pilots who flew the MiG-29 admitted that while the Fulcrum was more maneuverable at slow speeds than the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-14 Tomcat, and F/A-18 Hornet and its Vympel R-73 dogfight missile system was superior to the AIM-9 Sidewinder of the time, in engagements that went into the beyond visual range arena, the German pilots found it difficult to multi-task locking and firing the MiG-29's Vympel R-27 missile (German MiG-29s did not have access to the more advanced Vympel R-77 that equips more advanced MiG-29 versions) while trying to avoid the longer range and advanced search and track capabilities of the American fighters' radars and AIM-120 AMRAAM. The Germans also stated that the American fighters had the advantage in both night and bad weather combat conditions. The Luftwaffe's assessment of the MiG-29 was that the Fulcrum was best used as a point defense interceptor over cities and military installations, not for fighter sweeps over hostile airspace.
· Wikipedia: MiG-29 Operational history, Germany