The contract covers the aircraft that had not been upgraded during a previous contract signed in 2008. That contract covered the upgrade of eight MiG-29 to a customized version of the MiG-29SMT standard.
The MiG-29 SMT standard turns the MiG-29 into a multi-role aircraft approaching the level of the MiG-29M. Upgrades include:
- Enlarged spine with room for bigger fuel tanks to increase range
- New radar includes support for air-to-ground modes
- New cockpit and avionics
- Upgraded engines
Peru also has 12 Mirage 2000 fighters bought during the eighties that will be upgraded by France. Some of its Su-25 Close Air Support aircraft may also be upgraded.
Russia has finished upgrading Peruvian Mil Mi-25 attack helicopters and is looking at signing more deals with Peru, including the sale of T-90S main battle tanks and Mi-17 transport helicopters.