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

Russia refutes claim India unhappy with MiG-29K fighters

Russia has repudiated media claims that India is dissatisfied with the reliability and serviceability of its MiG-29K ‘Fulcrum’ naval strike fighters, with a strongly worded statement sent to Jane’s on 9 August.

Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) said that claims made in a recent US article on acute maintenance problems being experienced by the Indian Navy (IN) with its 45 carrier-based MiG-29Ks are “simply not true”.

“We would like to flatly refute all negative allegations in the article concerning the … MiG-29K aircraft, which are the sole fighters on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya . Neither we, nor our partners have received any official claims about operational problems with the Russian MiG aircraft,” RAC said in its statement, adding: “It should be mentioned that the [INS] Vikramaditya and [INS] Vikrant aircraft carriers are tailored for carrying Russian-designed aircrafts including MiG-29K/KUB. All technical systems of the ship, radars, and other deck-based systems were produced in Russia, and were designed to be operated only with MiG aircraft.”

In the original article that prompted RAC’s forceful defence of its MiG-29K, an unnamed IN official said that the aircraft are suffering from the wear-and-tear of carrier operations, compounded by the fact that all of the major components must be repaired by Russia as a consequence of how the procurement deal was structured. Source janes.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. Kuzmin

The RD-33 aircraft engine is a two-shaft turbofan engine comprising 11 modules.

The engine consists of the following main parts: a 4-stage low-pressure compressor, 9-stage high-pressure compressor, annular ramjet combustor, high and low pressure turbines, supersonic variable-area nozzle and afterburner, accessory gear box, and an engine starting and control system.

The engine is equipped with failure detection systems, compressor speed governor and LP turbine exit temperature limiter, surge, ice and fire detectors.

In terms of the key indicators characterizing engine efficiency (thrust-rise rate with Mach number, engine weight-to-power ratio, etc), the RD-33 is among the best engines in its class. It provides rapid acceleration from idle to thrust maximum non-afterburning and afterburning settings.

The RD-33 is used in a wide range of altitudes and speeds, provides stable operation under extreme conditions. Owing to its high stall margin in the presence of external disturbances (caused by weapon use, among others), the engine does not impose restrictions on piloting the aircraft, including with combat load.

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. Kuzmin

The modular design of the engine enables its reconditioning in the field by replacing large blocks, followed by a local repair of a unit and trouble clearing (including compressor blade replacement).

The RD-33N engine versions with bottom-mounted accessory gear box have been developed for installation on foreign fighters.

For a family of the MiG-35, MiG-29M/M2 multifunctional frontline fighters and MiG-29K/KUB shipborne aircraft, a new version, the RD-33MK, is available which differs from the baseline RD-33 in increased thrust and longer assigned service life, an additional contingency takeoff power setting, and improved corrosion protection of parts and components.

An engine version with thrust vector control is available.

The new versions of the RD-33 engines are equipped with a digital automatic control and monitoring system, as well as a power unit for aircraft accessories with dual-redundant main accessories.

For engine ground service, an automated diagnostic system (based on a laptop PC) is available that makes it possible to quickly evaluate the technical condition of the engines.

Source roe.ru

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

К-36D-3,5 (К-36D-3,5М) zero/zero ejection seat

Design description:

In flight, a crewmember is held in the seat with a suspension/restraint harness system. The crewmember may be restrained in the seat with the shoulder and waist restraint mechanisms. The seat features stepless height adjustment, which makes the seat occupation comfortable for work and vision.

The crewmember protection against the dynamic pressure G-loads at ejection is provided with the protective gear, windblast shield, forced restraint in the seat, seat stabilization as well as the selection of one of three operation modes for the energy source depending on the suited pilot mass. At the aircraft speed exceeding 850 km/h, the MRM steady-state mode is adjusted by the automatics depending on the acceleration.

After automatic separation of the pilot from the seat, the recovery parachute canopy is inflated providing the pilot’s safe descent. A portable survival kit, which is separated from the seat together with the pilot, supports his/her vital functions after landing or water landing, makes the pilot search easier, and the ПСН-1 life raft supports the pilot floatation on the surface of water.


The К-36D-3,5 ejection seat realizes the crewmember emergency escape within the range of equivalent airspeed (VE.) from 0 to 1300 km/h, at Mach number up to 2.5 and aircraft flight altitude from 0 to 20,000 m, including takeoff, landing run and «Н=0, V=0» mode. The seat is used with the KKO-15 set of protective gear and oxygen equipment.

The seat installation mass does not exceed 103 kg, including the survival kit.

Year of development: 2001

Source zvezda-npp.ru


The К-36D-3,5 family features seat modifications for each aircraft version.

The К-36D-3,5 seats are installed in all versions of the Su-30 aircraft; the К-36D-3,5M seats are installed in the MiG-29M and seaborne МiG-29К/KUB aircraft.

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)

Operators: Here

Specifications (MiG-29K)


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

Source roe.ru


  • 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:






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 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 Apr 08, 2018


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