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Aircraft Repair Plant (ARZ) n121

Aircraft Overhaul Plant No. 121 at Kubinka, Moscow Region, [also termed the 121st Aircraft Repair Plant or Aircraft Repair Plant (ARZ) n121 or 121st Aircraft Repair Depot] is involved in repair, modernization and servicing of airframes, engines and accessories.

Around 100 Su-25 and Su-25BM 'Frogfoot-A's, as well as some Su-25UB 'Frogfoot-B's, all with an average age of more than ten years old, will be upgraded by the aircraft repair plant (ARZ) n121 at Kubinka, with the support of the 'Shturmoviki Sukhogo' consortium until 2008.

Upgrading the MiG-29 to 'SMT' standard is carried out by Air Force Repair Plant No 121 at Kubinka near Moscow. The overall plan provides for modernization of 150 recently manufactured MiG-29s, with the remainder of the older aircraft being withdrawn from service (presently there are 330 MiG-29 aircraft in Russian combat units and 130 in training units).

In 1998 a decision was made by the Defense Ministry to launch a quantity-modernization program of the MiG-29 fighters. A total of 150 to 180 modernized MiG-29SMTs will be introduced in service with the Russian Air Force. Extensive modernization is planned only of the aircraft produced through the previous decade. This will provide a dramatic increase in combat capabilities of the Russian Air Force. The modernization program started in September 1998 by the Kubinka military aircraft-repair plant and the MAPO MIG. The first batch of 10 to 15 MiG-29SMTs was delivered before the end of the year. In 1999, a total of 20 to 30 MiG-29 fighters were modernized into the MiG-29SMT version, approaching fifth-generation fighters in terms of characteristics. Starting from the year 2000, the program's annual modernization rate was expected to reach 40 MiG-29SMTs.

Staryy Gorodok is situated some 2 kilometers to the South East of Kubinka air base.




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