MiG-29K Carrier Based Multirole Fighter Aircraft

MiG-29K is an all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft being produced by Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG). The aircraft is also offered in a two-seat operational trainer variation known as the MiG-29KUB.

The MiG-29K/KUB aircraft are designed to operate from aircraft-carriers with a minimum displacement of 28,000t and airfields.

The aircraft has a length of 17.3m, height of 4.4m and a wingspan of 11.9m. The maximum take-off weight is 24,500kg.

The MiG-29K differed considerably from the MiG-29 production model, featuring a new multi-function radar, dubbed Zhuk; a cockpit with monochrome display and use of the HOTAS (hands-on-throttle-and-stick) principle; the RVV-AE air-to-air active homing missiles; antiship and antiradar missiles; as well as air-to-ground precision-guided weapons. To protect the engine from FOD, the engine inlets were fitted with retractable grills instead of the leading-edge extension louvres used by land-based MiG-29s.

Modifications were made to the MiG-29K for Indian requirements, including the Zhuk-ME radar, RD-33MK engine, a combat payload up to 5,500 kg, 13 weapon stations, and updated 4-channel digital fly-by-wire flight control system. It is compatible with the full range of weapons carried by the MiG-29M and MiG-29SMT. Source wikipedia.org

See details of MiG-29SMT: HERE


Orders and deliveries of the Russian MiG-29K

In January 2004, India placed an order for 12 MiG-29K single-seat and four MiG-29KUB two-seat fighters. Deliveries of the aircraft began in December 2009. Six aircraft were delivered by the end of 2010. The MiG-29K entered operational service with Indian Navy in February 2010.

MIG 29K Indian Navy

INAS 303 - The Black PanthersDefence Minister AK Antony commissioned the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 303, the first MiG 29K squadron of the Indian Navy at INS Hansa in Goa @indiannavy.nic.in

INAS 303 – The Black Panthers


Commissioning the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 303, the first MiG 29K squadron of the Indian Navy at INS Hansa in Goa on 11 May 13, Shri AK Antony, the Defence Minister, said he was confident that the Squadron will make a significant contribution in enhancing peace and stability in our area of operations. It would also provide effective safeguards for unhindered economic development of the nation and other friendly nations in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), he said. The Squadron will very soon operate from INS Vikramaditya.

The MiG-29K is a true swing role aircraft which carries enough punch to undertake Air Dominance and Power Projection missions simultaneously, bestowing the Commander at sea, great flexibility. It takes Indian naval aviation from a defensive stature to one of dominance. The MiG 29K aircraft is a state of the art, all weather, carrier based, air dominance fighter specially built for the Indian Navy. The aircraft has a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound (about 2000 kmph), can pull up to 8 times the force of gravity, can climb to an altitude of over 65000 feet. Armed with an arsenal of some of the most sophisticated weapons in the world it is fully equipped to dominate by engaging targets in air, at sea or on land. Latest avionics, with data link capabilities coupled with its range of armament will enable true power projection. With its air- to- air refueling capability its ranges are also extended to perform true power projection and air space dominance roles. Source indiannavy.nic.in

A MiG 29 K aircraft prepares to take off at INS Hansa @indiannavy.nic.in In March 2010, India signed a $1.5bn contract with Russia for an additional 29 MiG-29Ks. Deliveries are expected to start in 2012.

In May 2011, five MiG-29K / KUBs and a flight simulator were delivered to the Indian Navy under the first contract, with further deliveries planned through 2011. The fighters will be based on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The Vikramaditya is expected to carry up to 24 MiG-29K/KUB fighters. The Vikrant Class future indigenous aircraft carrier currently being built by India will also accommodate the MiG-29K/KUB aircraft.

MiG-29 Indian Navy landing on INS Vikramaditya @economictimes.indiatimes.com

See details of INS Vikrant aircraft carrier: HERE

INS Vikrant aircraft carrier
The Russian Navy ordered 24 MiG-29Ks in late 2009 for Kuznetsov Class heavy aircraft carrying cruiser. Deliveries of the MiG-29K for the Russian Navy began in 2010.

On 23 June 2011, a MiG-29KUB of the Indian Navy crashed during a flight test in Astrakhan region, Russia. The crash, which occurred due to pilot’s error, killed both the pilots on board. In August 2011, RAC MiG however announced the deliveries will be made as per the schedule.

MiG-29K development history

The MiG-29K project was initiated in the late 1970s to meet the requirements of the Soviet Navy for a supersonic carrier-based fighter. The first proof of concept version, MiG-29KVP, was developed based on the MiG-29M.

The MiG-29KVP completed its maiden flight in August 1982. The aircraft with new undercarriage and folding wings of greater area, differed from the MiG-29 production model.

The first MiG-29K took to the skies on 23 July 1988. The aircraft performed its first carrier landing on the aircraft-carrying cruiser Tbilisi (now Admiral Kuznetsov) on 1 November 1989. The project was halted due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Mikoyan continued the development and struggled with funding issues until it received orders from India. The MiG-29KUB aircraft completed its first flight in January 2007.

MiG-29K refueling probe 

MiG-29K design features

The MiG-29K features a strengthened airframe and undercarriage suitable for landing on aircraft carriers. The airframe is made of about 15% composite materials. The aircraft is fitted with folding wings, arrestor hook and a catapult for carrier operations. The radar signature of the aircraft is reduced by four to five times over the basic MiG-29.

The MiG-29K is fitted with more powerful RD-33MK engines, replacing the RD-33K turbofan engines used in the early prototypes. The flight hours of the fighter are doubled, but the flight hour cost is reduced by about 2.5 times. The aircraft can operate without overhaul.

RD-33MK engine

РД-33МК для МиГ-29К/КУБ и МиГ-35 (RD-33MK for MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-35) Google Translate RD-33MK engines for MiG-29K / KUB and MiG-35 (RD-33MK for MiG-29K / KUB and MiG-35) МАКС-2009 – Выставочные павильоны – часть 1 (MAKS-2009 – Exhibition pavilions | Vitaly V. KuzminРД-33МК для МиГ-29К/КУБ и МиГ-35 (RD-33MK for MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-35) Google Translate RD-33MK engines for MiG-29K / KUB and MiG-35 (RD-33MK for MiG-29K / KUB and MiG-35) МАКС-2009 – Выставочные павильоны – часть 1 (MAKS-2009 – Exhibition pavilions | Vitaly V. Kuzmin

The RD-33MK “Morskaya Osa” (Russian: Морская Оса: “Sea Wasp”) is the latest model developed in 2001. It is intended to power the MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB shipborne fighters, however it has also been adopted for the MiG-35. The RD-33MK develops 7% higher thrust, is digitally controlled FADEC and smokeless unlike earlier RD-33 engines, has increased afterburner thrust to 9,000 kilograms-force (88,000 N; 20,000 lbf) and dry weight 1,145 kilograms (2,524 lb) compared to the baseline model through modern materials used on the cooled blades, although it retains the same length and maximum diameter. Incorporated is an infrared and optical signature visibility reduction systems. Service life has been increased to 4,000 hours. The RD-33MK ensures shipborne fighters unassisted take-off capability, retain performance in hot climate environment and, naturally, a boost in combat efficiency for MiG-29 fighter latest variant. Source wikipedia.org

The single and double seat variations feature the same airborne equipment and weapons. The MiG-29KUB two-seat fighter is primarily intended for pilot training, but can also conduct combat missions similar to the single-seat fighter.

MiG-29K @balancer.ru

State-of-the-Art Ship-Relative Navigation System

MiG-29K/KUB fighters are now being equipped with the LINS-100RS inertial system which is absolutely quiet, solid and user-friendly. Source sputniknews.com

MiG-29K/KUB fighters are now being equipped with the LINS-100RS inertial system which is absolutely quiet, solid and user-friendly.

LINS-100RS – is a joint development of «SAGEM Defense Securite» (France), and JSC RDC, JSC ITT (Russia).

LINS-100RS – has been designed according to Western and Russian standards.

LINS-100RS is a strapdown inertial-navigation system on base of ring laser gyros (RLG) and pendulous accelerometers.

LINS-100RS includes a SNS receiver installed into a monoblock (antenna assembly is included). The system has a mounting frame for providing accurate tie to coordinate system of aircraft. A monoblock case is a dust-moisture-proof design.

The system provides definition and output of flight/navigation para-meters, and is designed for new and upgraded aircraft and helicopters. Source inertech.ru

The glass cockpit of the MiG-29K aircraft accommodates one pilot. It is equipped with three multifunctional colour LCDs, a digital fly-by-wire flight control system and TopOwl helmet-mounted targeting system.

Thales TopSight helmet-mounted sights for the Russian MiG-29K

Flight technologies and expertise

  • Thanks to Thales’s extensive HMSD experience, the TopSight design offers the best trade-off between operational requirements and safety
  •  TopSight makes use of successful technologies already developed and proven on TopOwl HMSD helicopter variant

>> Combat proven technologies for unrivalled performances

Combat proven technologies :

  • Accurate EM Head Tracking System
  • Integration validated on 10 platforms/17 countries
  • High precision form fitting 

The safest helmet :

  •  The lightest helmet on the market – Headworn weight: < 1.5 kg
  •  Optimized balance
  •  Qualified windlast 625 Kts
  •  Unlimited peripheral vision
  •  Large eye relief compatible with prescription glasses
  •  Laser protection 

Technical features :

  •  Monocular 20°
  •  Visor projection / HUD type symbology
  •  Video recording

Qualified and flight proven :

  •  Qualified on Mirage 2000-5 and MiG-29
  •  Selected by French Air Force and Dassault on Mirage 2000-5
  •  Selected by MiG corporation to equip MiG-29 K for the Indian Navy  

Modular design :

  •  One basic helmet per pilot
  •  One display module per seat
  •  Night vision capability
  •  Reduced cost of ownership

>> A force multiplier for fighter Source thalesgroup.com

K-36DM zero/zero ejection seat

Pilot only, on 10 degrees inclined K-36DM zero/zero ejection seat, under rearward hinged transparent blister canopy in high-set cockpit. Sharply inclined one-piece curved windscreen. Three internal mirrors provide rearward view. Source toad-design.com

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The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. The ejection seat ensures safe emergency escape of a pilot within the range of velocities (Ve) from 0 to 1,300 km/h (700 kn; 810 mph) to 1,400 km/h (760 kn; 870 mph) (depending on the type of protective equipment), altitudes from 0 to 20,000 m (66,000 ft) and Mach numbers up to 2.5.

The ejection seat is used in combination KKO-15 protective and oxygen equipment and the installation weight of the seat is less than 103 kg (227 lb) (including the parachute system, survival kit, emergency oxygen system and pyrotechnic charges). Source wikiwand.com

Oxygen System KS – 129



The KS -129 oxygen system is designed to provide one or two pilots of the front-line aircraft with oxygen during flights at the altitudes up to 20 km. (KS -130 oxygen system is used at the altitudes up to 12 km). The oxygen source is the BKDU -130 onboard oxygen-generating system, which produces oxygen from compressed air tapped from the aircraft gas turbine compressor.

Major advantages of the bottle-free oxygen system:

  • There are no onboard oxygen bottles in the system and, correspondingly, there is no need in pre-flight charging of the system with oxygen;
  • The mission duration is not limited with the onboard oxygen reserve;
  • The system features less line maintenance man-hours than the system with the bottle oxygen source.

The KS-129 oxygen system is used onboard the MiG-29K (KUB), MiG-29UPG, MiG-35, Su-30МКМ, Su-30МКI(A), Su-35, etc. Source zvezda-npp.ru


MiG-29K avionics systems

The airborne avionics based on open architecture are classified under MIL-STD-1553B standard. The open architecture allows the installation of new equipment and weapons according to customer requirements.

The fighter has multirole, multimode Zhuk-ME pulse doppler radar from Fazotron-NIIP Corporation. The radar with the slot array has wider scanning angle and longer target detection range. Zhuk-ME can track up to ten air targets while engaging four targets simultaneously.

Zhuk-M (Export Designation Zhuk-ME)

Zhuk-M (Export Designation Zhuk-ME) 

The N010M Zhuk-M is an advanced variant of the original N010 Zhuk radar introducing advanced air-to-surface functions like mapping and terrain following. The radar forms part of the MiG-29SMT upgrade, the Zhuk-ME finding success on export MiG-29 aircraft to countries like India. The radar features improved signal processing and has a detection range of up to 120 km vs a 5 m2 RCS target for the export variant, and up to 10 targets tracked and up to 4 attacked at once in air-to-air mode. The tracking range is 0.83 – 0.85 of the detection range. In air-to-surface mode the radar can detect a tank from up to 25 km away and a bridge from 120 km away, a naval destroyer could be detected up to 300 km away and up to two surface targets can be tracked at once. The radar has a weight of 220 kg and a scanning area of +/- 85 degrees in azimuth and +56/-40 degrees in elevation. The antenna is an electronically scanned slotted planar array and has a diameter of 624 mm. Source wikiwand.com

comparativoN-019M1vsZhuk-MEComparison of MiG-29SM and MiG-29SMT ZHUK-ME radar @razonyfuerza.mforos.com
General data:  
Type: Radar Altitude Max: 0 m
Range Max: 203.7 km Altitude Min: 0 m
Range Min: 0.4 km Generation: Late 1990s
Properties: Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) [Side Info], Pulse Doppler Radar (Full LDSD Capability), Continuous Wave Illumination
Sensors / EW:
Slot Back [N-010 Zhuk-M] – (MiG-29M) Radar
Role: Radar, FCR, Air-to-Air & Air-to-Surface, Medium-Range
Max Range: 203.7 km

Source cmano-db.com

The MiG-29K/KUB fighters have multi-channel infra-red search and track (IRST) system with target designation system. The aircraft can also be installed with IR and laser sighting devices for ground targets illumination.


The OLS-UE optical-location station is designed for MiG-29K / KUB, MiG-29M / M2, MiG-35 aircraft and provides:

 • an overview of the airspace in the forward hemisphere of the airspace, the terrestrial and water surfaces,  
 • search, detection, capture and autosupport, determination of angular coordinates and range to air, ground and surface targets (CC, NC and NEC) on average IR (3 .. 5 Μm) and visible wavelength ranges; 
 • Laser illumination of NC.
Structurally, the OLS-UE consists of 4 blocks: 

an optical-mechanical unit (BOM); 
Information processing unit (SPU); 
Processor block (BPR); 
Drive control unit.

Block cooling: air, natural convection and forced convection (air supply from the side).

Source npk-spp.ru

Type: Infrared Altitude Max: 0 m
Range Max: 185.2 km Altitude Min: 0 m
Range Min: 0 km Generation: Infrared, 3rd Generation Imaging (2000s/2010s, Impr LANTIRN, Litening II/III, ATFLIR)
Properties: Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) [Side Info], Classification [Class Info] / Brilliant Weapon [Automatic Target Aquisition], Continous Tracking Capability [Visual]

Source cmano-db.com

Weapon systems on the Russian-built MiG-29K carrier-based multirole fighter

MiG-29K is armed with RVV-AE and R-73E air-to-air missiles, Kh-31A and Kh-35E anti-ship missiles and Kh-31P anti-radar missiles. Other armaments include guided aerial bombs, rockets and aerial bombs.

RVV-AE Air-to-Air Guided Missile

 The RVV-AE medium-range air-to-air guided missile is designed to engage air targets, such as fighters, bombers, attack aircraft, helicopters, military transports, and cruise missiles, at all aspects against ground and water surface, by day and night, in conditions of enemy electronic countermeasures, including a multichannel “fire-and-forget” mode.

The missile is guided with an inertial/radio-corrected navigation system in the initial flight phase, and an active radar homing head in the terminal phase. It is powered with a one-mode solid-fuel rocket engine.

The warhead is of a multi-shaped charge rod type. It is fitted with a laser proximity target sensor.

The missile’s design with folding lattice control planes (electrically driven) and low-aspect wing make it small-sized enough for accomodation inside carrier’s fuselage.

The missile is suspended under the aircraft on the AKU-170E launch unit providing for in-flight power supply, combat launch and emergency jettison.

Developer and manufacturer: State Machine-Building Design Bureau “Vympel” @ktrv.ru


 Launch range, km:
 max, in front hemisphere  80
 min, in rear hemisphere  0,3
 Target engagement altitude, km  0,02-25
 Warhead weight, kg  22,5
 Launch weight, kg  175
 Missile dimensions, m:
 length  3,6
 body diameter  0,2
 wing span  0,4
 control plane span (in-flight position)  0,7
AKU-170E Missile Ejection Unit on the right @armaco.bg

The AKU-170E missile ejection unit (MEU) is designed for external suspension, carriage and jettison (ejection) of the RVV-AE missile on MIG-29, Su-27, Su-30 type aircraft.

The AKU-170E missile ejection unit provides:

multiple missile suspension/dismounting without additional adjustments

forced missile release, preventing its yawing and rolling until separation

30-days launch capability without missile’s dismounting and MEU’s additional checks/adjustments

Missile separation parameters:

  • Airspeed relative to the carrier – more than – 4 m/s
  • Pitch angle, angle degrees – from 2,0 up to 0
  • Pitch rate, angle degrees – from 10 up to 70
  • Forced track movement – about 100mm

R-73E Air-to-Air Guided Missiles

The R-73E small-range and close air combat air-to-air missiles are designed to engage various types of air targets, such as fighters, bombers, attack and military transport aircraft, approaching from any direction, by day and night, in conditions of ground clutter and enemy active countermeasures.

They feature an all-aspect IR passive homing head and ensure missile launch in accordance with the “fire-ad-forget” principle.

The missiles’ high agility is due to a unique combined gas/aerodynamic control system.

The missiles are powered by a one-mode solid-fuel rocket engine.

The R-73E missile modification is equipped with a radar proximity fuse/target sensor.

The missile is carried under the carrier aircraft and launched in combat, or jettisoned in emergency, by means of the P-72-1D/P-72-1DB2 airborne rail launcher.

Image result for machtres images aa11 archer vympel r73P-72-1D/P-72-1DB2 airborne rail launcher

Developer and manufacturer: State Machine-Building Design Bureau “Vympel” @ktrv.ru


 Launch range, km:
 head-on, max  30
 tail-on, min  0,3
 Target designation angle, ang.deg.  +;-45
 Target engagment altitudes, km  0,02-20
 Max target g-load  up to 12
 Warhead type  rod
 Warhead weight,kg  8
 Launch weight, kg  105
 Missile dimensions, m:
 length  2,9
 body diameter  0,17
 wing span  0,51
 control plane span  0,38
mig-29k_tankerMiG-29K tanker

Kh-31A anti-ship missiles

The Kh-31A high-speed anti-ship airborne missile is designed to engage warships of different type, including destroyers, navigating both autonomously and within naval attack groupings.

The Kh-31A missile can be effeciently launched either independently or in salvo, in fair and adverse weather, clutter and active jamming conditions, against preplanned targets and targets of opportunity.

The missile is equipped with a high-precision active radar homing head and a radio-altimeter. The active radar homing head can operate in the pre-launch and en route (post-decent) target designation modes. It ensures target acquisition and selection, determination of target coordinates (range, azimuth, elevation), generation of command signals and their feeding into the missile’s guidance system.

Thanks to its relatively small weight and size the Kh-31A missile can be employed from various air combat platforms, including moderately sized ones. The missile has passed state acceptance tests on a number of series-production front-line combat aircraft of the Russian Air Force. It makes part of weapon systems of modern combat aircraft, such as the Su-25, Su-27, Su-30, Su-34, MiG-29, etc., and can be adapted to other types of Russian or foreign-origin aircraft during their modernization.

The Kh-31A missile is suspended under the carrier aircraft with necessary links to its onboard systems, carried in flight and launched (or jettisoned in emergency, if required) by means of the AKU-58A missile ejection unit.

Developer and manufacturer: Tactical Missiles Corporation @ktrv.ru


 Launch altitudes envelope, km  0,1-10(15)
 Launch speeds envelope, km/h
 (Mach number)  600-1,250 (0,65-1,5)
 Max launch range
 (against destroyer-type targets from
 altitude of 10/15 km), km  50/70
 Max missile cruising speed, m/s  1,000
 Warhead weight, kg  94
 Missile launch weight, kg  about 610
 Missile dimensions, m:
 length  4,7
 body diameter  0,36
 wing span  0,914

Kh-35E anti-ship missiles

The Kh-35E (3M-24E) anti-ship missile is designed to destroy surface warships displacing up to 5,000 tonnes, as well as seagoing transports.

The Kh-35E unified guided missile can be launched from the following platforms:

– Uran-E type ship-borne missile systems;

– Bal-E type mobile coastal missile systems;

– tactical and naval combat aircraft.

The Kh-35E anti-ship missile can be employed in fair and adverse weather conditions at Sea States up to 5-6, by day and night, under enemy fire and electronic countermeasures.

The Kh-35E’s aerodynamic configuration is optimized for high subsonic-speed sea-skimming flight to ensure stealthy characteristics of the missile.

Target acquisition and designation data can be fed into missile’s guidance system from both ship-based and external target data sources.

The missile has low signatures thanks to its small dimensions, sea-skimming capability and a special guidance algorithm ensuring highly secure operational modes of the active radar seeker.

Its ARGS-35E active radar seeker operates in both single- and multiple-missile launch modes, acquiring and locking on targets at a maximum range of up to 20 km.

Developer and manufacturer: Tactical Missiles Corporation Source ktrv.ru


 Launch range, km  up to 130
 Flight altitude, m:
 en route  10-15
 at terminal area  about 4
 Cruise speed, Mach number  0,8
 Max missile turn angle, ang.deg.:
 in horizontal plane after launch  +;- 90
 Missile launch weight, kg:
 ship/land-based versions  620/620
 aircraft/heliborne versions  520/610
 Warhead type  HE penetrator
 Warnead weight, kg  145
 Missile dimensions,m:
 length of ship/land-based
 and heliborne versions  4,4
 length of airborne version  3,85
 body diameter, m  0,42
 wing span  1,33

Kh-31P anti-radar missiles

The Kh-31P high-speed medium-range “air-to-surface” guided missile with changeable passive radar homing heads is designed to engage radars operating within long- and medium-range air defence missile systems, as well as other ground- and sea-based radars of different purpose, in the corresponding frequency band.

The Kh-31P missile can be efficiently launched either independently or in salvo, in fair and adverse weather conditions, to engage radar targets of opportunity or previously disclosed ones.

The missile can be equipped with changeable homing heads operating in coresponding frequency bands used by modern continuous-wave and pulsed radars of surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery systems.

The missile’s radar homing head ensures:

– target search and lock-on in the autonomous mode, or by receiving target designation data from carrier’s sensors with the missile on the aircraft suspension station;

– target tracking and missile guidance command generation.

It has a high explosive/fragmentation type of warhead.

Thanks to its relatively small weight and size the Kh-31P missile can be employed from various air combat platforms including moderately sized ones. The missile has passed state acceptance tests on a number of series-production front-line combat aircraft of the Russian Air Force. The missile makes part of weapon systems of modern combat aircraft, such as the Su-25, Su-27, Su-30, Su-34, Mig-29, etc., and can be adapted to other types of Russian or foreign-origin aircraft during their modernization.

The missile is suspended under the aircraft and linked to its onboard systems, carried in flight and launched (or jettisoned in emergency, if required) by means of the AKU-58 airborne ejection unit.

Developer and manufacturer: Tactical Missiles Corporation Source ktrv.ru


 Launch range envelope, km  15-110
 Launch altitude envelope, m  100-15,000
 Launch speed envelope, km/h (Mach number)  600-1,250
 Max missile cruising speed, m/s  1,000
 Warhead weight, kg  87
 Missile launch weight, kg  about 600
 Missile dimensions, m:  
 length  4,7
 body diameter  0,36
 wing span  0,914


The aircraft is mounted with a 30mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 100 rounds. A wide range of weapons can be added upon the request of the customer.

30mm GSh-301 canon

MiG-29K/KUB is the only ship-borne fighter in the world to fire Kh-31A supersonic anti-ship missiles resistant to air-defence.

The MiG-29K is powered by two RD-33MK engines equipped with smokeless combustion chamber and new full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system.

The power plant provides a ferry range of 2,000km. The range can be increased to 3,000km with three underwing fuel drop tanks. (Weapons continue below)


MiG-29K operators in 2010
  • Indian NavyNaval Air Arm has 45 MiG-29K/KUB aircraft on order as of March 2010. The naval air arm has 33 aircraft in inventory, as of 29 June 2015.

Specifications (MiG-29K)


Data from Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG data, Gordon and Davidson, Deagel.com

General characteristics

  • Crew: One / Two (KUB)
  • Length: 17.3 m (57.76 ft)
  • Wingspan: 11.99 m (39.34 ft)
  • Height: 4.40 m (14.44 ft)
  • Wing area: 43 m² (462 ft²)
  • Loaded weight: 18,550 kg (40,900 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 24,500 kg (54,000 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Klimov RD-33MK afterburning turbofans, 9,000 kgf (88.3 kN, 19,800 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed:Mach 2+ (2,200+ km/h, 1,370+ mph) / At low altitude: Mach 1.2 (1,400 km/h, 870 mph)
  • Ferry range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi) / 3,000 km (1,860 mi) with 3 drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 17,500 m (57,400 ft)
  • Rate of climb: initial 330 m/s, average 109 m/s 0–6,000 m (65,000 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 442 kg/m² (90.5 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.97
  • Maximum g-load: +8 g


  • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds
  • 13 hardpoints (5 wet) including the ones on multi-lock bomb carriers for up to 5,500 kg (12,125 lb) of weapons and fuel tanks, including

Air-to-air missiles

Eight air-to-air missiles — a mix of infrared homing, semi-active radar homing (SARH) and Active radar homing.

Air-to-surface missiles

Kh-25ML Air-to-surface missiles

Air-driven multi-purpose modular missile Kh-25ML

Air-driven tactical missile Kh-25ML with semi-active laser homing head is designed to destroy small targets on the battlefield and tactical depth

Basic tactical and technical characteristics

Launch range, km 3-10
Maximum flight speed, m / s 870
Launch weight, kg up to 310
Warhead weight, kg 86
Missile length, m 3,705
The diameter of the missile, 0.275 m 

Source ktrv.ru

Kh-29T Air-to-surface missiles

The Kh-29L/Kh-29TE air-to-surface missiles are designed to engage visually observed hardened ground and surface targets, such as big railway and highway bridges, industrial installations, concrete runways, aircraft in reinforced concrete shelters, surface vessels displacing up to 10,000 tonnes. 

The Kh-29TE missiles is equipped with a passive TV guidance system, and the Kh-29L – with a semi-active laser guidance system using reflected laser illumination spot.

The missiles are armed with a high explosive penetrating warhead and an impact target sensor. They are powered by a single-mode solid-fuel rocket engine.

The missiles make part of weapon systems of multirole fighters and attack aircraft.

The missiles are suspended under the carrier aircraft, launched in combat and jettisoned in emergency by means of the AKU-58AE airborne ejection unit. 

Developer and manufacturer: State Machine-Building Design Bureau “Vympel” named after I.I. Toropov Source ktrv.ru




 Launch range, km:






 Dimensions, m:



 body diameter



 wing span



 Warhead weight, kg



 Missile launch weight, kg



Anti-radiation missiles

Kh-25MP – Airborne Modular Tactical Guided Missile

The Kh-25MP airborne anti-radiation missile equipped with a passive radar homing head is designed to engage continuous-wave and pulsed radars making part of medium-range air defence missile systems as well as small-calibre anti-aircraft artillery systems. There are two versions of the homing head: 1VP and 2VP. The missile can be launched in flight within carrier’s pitch angles from – 20 to + 20.

Developer and manufacturer: Tactical Missiles Corporation Source ktrv.ru


Launch range, km:


 at carrier’s altitude


 50 m


 5,000 m


 10,000 m


 Launch altitude envelope, m


 Max missile speed (in max range launch), m/s


 Warhead type


 Warhead weight, kg


 Missile launch weight, kg


 Missile dimensions, m:


 length (with 1VP/2VP homing head)


 body diameter


 wing span


Anti-ship missiles


RBK-250 bomb

RBK-500 bomb

FAB 500-M62 General-purpose bomb

KAB-500KR electro-optical TV-guided fire and forget bomb 


  • Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or
  • Electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod or
  • Targeting pods or
  • Refuelling pods or


  • Zhuk -ME radar (See above)
  • Infrared search and track system
  • SPO-15 Beryoza RWR (radar warning receiver)

Source wikipedia.org

SPO-15 “Beryoza” Radar Warning Receiver

The RWR display indicates any threat radars illuminating (“painting”) the aircraft. Information is presented as symbols representing the type and direction to the threat. Six illuminated symbols at the bottom of the display notify the pilot of the threat radar type. The system indicates both enemy and friendly radars. Detailed information on the SPO-15 RWR is provided in a separate chapter. Source scribd.com

Beryoza / SPO-15 / L006


SPO-15L -33 Su M omnidirectional radar warning receiver control active interference machine and decoy dispenser. Omnidirectional radar warning receiver can detect most of the frequency in the range of 360 degrees Pulse radar And frequency agile radar, display type radiation signal and controlled by the pilots on the decoy in the cockpit, active jammer and active electronic jamming pod wing at the plug-in machine with the available continuous wave or pulse of clutter and interference reflector. If the bear with the interference task, hanging point under the wing can also mount the podded electromagnetic interference system. Source et97.com
General data:  
Type: ESM Altitude Max: 0 m
Range Max: 222.2 km Altitude Min: 0 m
Range Min: 0 km Generation: Late 1970s
Sensors / EW:
SPO-15 Beryoza [L-006] – ESM
Role: RWR, Radar Warning Receiver
Max Range: 222.2 km

Main material source: naval-technology.com

Updated Aug 06, 2017


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