The Mig-29, Fulcrum NATO-codename, is a single-seat, highly maneuverable fighter aircraft designed to engage airborne targets such as aircraft, UAVs and cruise missiles. It features a limited air-to-surface/ ground strike capability.
The Mig-29 is the Soviet counterpart to US F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft. More than 1,300 Mig-29s have been produced for 27 countries worldwide.
The Mig-29 aircraft features an integrated fire control system comprising the aircraft radar, and Infrared Search and Track (IRST) device, and a helmet-mounted sight. It can accommodate medium range R-27 and short range R-73 air-to-air missiles, bombs, and rockets as well as a built-in 30mm GSh-301 gun. The Mig-29 is able to outperform any existing western aircraft in a short range engagement employing the combination of R-73 missile, helmet-mounted sight and IRST. The Mig-29 Fulcrum avionics are not as sophisticated as its NATO counterparts aircraft such as the Mirage 2000, F-15, F-16, and F/A-18. In the event of an air-to-air engagement at medium range NATO-aircraft shall have advantage over the Soviet Mig-29.
However in a dogfight the Mig-29 will outperform NATO-aircraft easily. In the ground strike role the Mig-29 doesn’t match NATO-aircraft capabilities.
The Mig-29SMT is an upgraded version of the proven Mig-29A Fulcrum. It is able to act as an air superiority fighter and a strike aircraft employing precision-guided weapons.
БРЛС Жук-МЭ (Zhuk-ME)
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Zhuk-ME multimode radar system – The Phazotron NIIR Corporation’s Zhuk is a family of advanced multifunctional multimode Doppler-pulse radars designed to provide air-to-air and air-to-surface combat modes for upgraded models of the Mig-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker aircraft families. Zhuk radars feature a maximum detection range from 110 to180 kilometers for airborne targets and 300 kilometers for sea targets. (deagel.com) picture МАКС-2009 – Выставочные павильоны (MAKS-2009 – Exhibition pavilions) @Vitaly V. Kuzmin
The Zhuk-ME multimode radar system is the core of the integrated weapon system supplied to the Mig-29SMT aircraft. In addition, an advanced glass cockpit and the HOTAS concept has been provided to this revamped aircraft.
The new glass cockpit of the MiG-29SMT fighter aircraft is equipped with a data display system consisting of two wide-screen MFD-10-6 multifunction colour displays and hands-on throttle and stick control (HOTAS). It also incorporates an INS-GPS navigation system.
Six underwing and one ventral pylons will carry missiles, bombs, and external fuel tanks required to fulfill the mission. The Russian Air Force plans to upgrade up to 150 current Mig-29 and Mig-29UB aircraft to the Mig-29SMT and Mig-29UMT configurations respectively.
The upgraded aircraft will be in service well into the 21st century with the planned PAK FA complex tactical combat aircraft to replace them in due time.
Yemen became the first international operator of the Mig-29SMT
In 2002, Yemen became the first international operator of the Mig-29SMT fighter aircraft. MIG Corporation supplied new built Mig-29SMTs (14) valued at more than $470 million to the Yemeni Air Force as well as upgraded Mig-29 early models already operated by Yemen. MIG hopes to get orders for upgrading older Mig-29s from Arab countries and Southeast Asia. It has been reported that Sudan has purchased some Mig-29SMTs and Iran could be interested in the same issue, but in both cases it hasn’t been confirmed yet.
In July 2004, MIG Corporation disclosed plans to launch a further modernization of the Mig-29 which shall make the aircraft far superior to the Mig-29SMT. The new Fulcrum model would have new onboard equipment and avionics, stealthy features and thrust vector control (TVC) engines. The price and size would be similar to current Mig-29s and the range and payload matching the Flanker-series. The new model would be ready for series production in 2007.
Mig-29SMT taxing note air intakes are shut
The power plant are upgraded RD-33 ser.3 engines with afterburning thrust rated at 8,300 kgf (81.4 kN) each. The weapons load was increased to 4,500 kg on six underwing and one ventral hardpoints, with similar weapon choices as for the MiG-29M. The upgraded aircraft can also accommodate non-Russian origin avionics and weapons
Photos by Dmitry Dyakov, Andrey Zinchuk, Aleksey Fedorov
- 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds
- 7 Hard points: 6 x pylons under-wing, 1 x under fuselage
- Up to 3,500 kg (7,720 lb) of weapons including six air-to-air missiles — a mix of semi-active radar homing (SARH)/infrared homing R-60, R-27, R-73, active radar homing R-77, RBK-500, PB-250, FAB-250, FAB 500-M62, TN-100, ECM Pods, S-8 rockets, S-24 rockets, Kh-25, Kh-29
30mm GSh-301 canonThe Molniya (now Vympel) R-60 (NATO reporting name: AA-8’Aphid’) is a lightweight infrared homing air-to-air missile designed for use by Soviet fighter aircraft. 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) Mach 2.7 The Vympel R-27 missile (NATO reporting name AA-10 Alamo) is a medium-to-long-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union. It remains in service with the Russian Air Force and air forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States. radar-proximity and impact fuzes Mach 4.5 semi-active radar homing(A/C), active-radar-homing (R-27EA), infrared homing (B/D), passive radar (E/F)The Vympel R-73 (NATO reporting name AA-11 Archer) is a short-range air-to-air missile developed by Vympel NPO that entered service in 1984. All-aspect infrared homing Mach 2.5 R-73E: 20 kilometres (12 mi), R-73M1: 30 kilometres (19 mi), R-74: 40km (24.7 miles)The Vympel NPO R-77 missile (NATO reporting name: AA-12 Adder) is a Russian medium range, active radar homing air-to-air missile system. It is also known by its export model designation RVV-AE. It is the Russian counterpart to the American AIM-120 AMRAAM missile Inertial with mid-course update and terminal active radar homing 80 km (R-77), 110 km (R-77-1)>200km (K-77M) RBK-500 Anti-Runway Bomb – The designation letters RBK stand for “razovaya bombovaya kasseta” meaning ‘single-use bomb cassette’. The designation numbers refer to the bomb size category. Additional numbers indicate the actual weight in kilogram’s, and any further letters signify special applications or types of submunitions/bomblets used. It is believed that the RBK-250-275 was originally designed to carry fragmentation bomblets designated AO-2.5. However, later versions carried 150 AO-1 SCh fragmentation bomblets, or 30 PTAB-2.5 anti-amour bomblets. The designation letters AO stand for “aviatsionnaya oskolochnaya” meaning “aircraft fragmentation”, PTAB stands for “protivo-tankovaya aviatsionnaya bomba” meaning ‘anti-tank aircraft bomb’. Further development produced a larger version, the RBK-500 designed to carry more of the same sub-munitions. Details were released in the early 1990s of further improved versions of the RBK-500 cluster bomb, developed along with new sub-munitions for them. These were: RBK-500 AO-2.5 RTM an anti-personnel/anti-material cluster bomb, RBK-500 BETAB airfield cratering cluster bomb, RBK-500 PTAB-1M anti-tank cluster bomb, RBK-500 SPBE anti-tank cluster bomb, and the RBK-500 SPBE-D anti-tank cluster bomb. Although these were basically the same bombs, they are specialized.FAB 500-M62 is intended for target bombing under daylight and night-time conditions by aircrafts with external multiple racks and fuze control systems. It is effective against exposed personnel, industrial sites and railways,and field units for storage of fuels and lubricants.S-8 rocketsS-24 rocketsKh-25 Kh-25/Kh-25M (Russian: Х-25; NATO:AS-10 ‘Karen’) is a family of Soviet lightweight air-to-ground missiles with a modular range of guidance systems and a range of 10 km. The anti-radar variant (Kh-25MP) is known to NATO as the AS-12 ‘Kegler’ and has a range up to 40 km. Kh-25ML :1,370–2,410 km/h (850–1,500 mph) Kh-25MP :1,080–1,620 km/h (670–1,000 mph) Laser guidance, passive radar, TV guidance, IIR,Satellite guidance, active radar homing depending on variant Kh-29 (Russian: Х-29; NATO: AS-14 ‘Kedge’; GRAU:9M721) is a Soviet air-to-surface missile with a range of 10–30 km. It has a large warhead of 320 kg, has a choice of laser, infrared, active radar or TV guidance, and is typically carried by tactical aircraft such as the Su-24, Su-30, MiG-29K as well as the “T/TM” models of the Su-25, giving that craft an expanded standoff capability. 1,470 km/h (910 mph), Kh-29ML :900–1260 km/h (560–780 mph) Kh-29L : semi-active laser guidance, Kh-29T/TE : passive homing TV guidance, Kh-29D : infrared homing guidance (IIR), Kh-29MP : active radar homing
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