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German-Polish MiG-29 Transfer Complete

August 5, 2004

German military officials have transferred nine MiG-29 fighter jets to Poland, completing the handover of 22 planes that started last fall. Germany had sold the jets to the Polish air force for a symbolic price of €1 ($1.20). But Poland has to spend about €43 million to modernize the planes, which will replace its own MiG-21 jets. Warsaw has also ordered F-16 fighter jets from the US, but they are not expected to arrive until 2006. The German military, the Bundeswehr, had acquired the planes from the East German military after reunification.