Mikoyan Mig-29 Fulcrum

(Russian: МиГ-29)

MIG-29

General characteristics

Crew                          : One
Length                        : 17.37 m (57 ft)
Wingspan                   : 11.4 m (37 ft 3 in)
Height                         : 4.73 m (15 ft 6 in)
Wing area                   : 38 m² (409 ft²)
Empty weight              : 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)
Loaded weight            : 16,800 kg (37,000 lb)
Max takeoff weight     : 21,000 kg (46,300 lb)
Powerplant                 : 2× Klimov RD-33K afterburning turbofans, 86.4 kN (20,725 lbf) each

Performance

Maximum speed        : 2,445 km/h (1,518 mph)
Range                        : 700 km combat, 2,900 km ferry (430 mi / 1,800 mi)
Service ceiling            : 18,013 m / 59 060 ft (59,100 ft)
Rate of climb              : 330 m/s (65,000 ft/min)
Wing loading              : 442 kg/m² (90.5 lb/ft²)
Thrust/weight              : 1.13

Armament

1x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds
Up to 3,500 kg (7,720 lb) of weapons including 6 air-to-air missiles — a mix of semi-active radar homing (SARH) and AA-8 ‘Aphid’, AA-10 ‘Alamo’, AA-11 ‘Archer’, AA-12 ‘Adder’, FAB 500-M62, FAB-1000, TN-100, ECM Pods, S-24, AS-12, AS-14.

Avionics

Phazotron N-109 radar

Variants

MiG-29 “Fulcrum-A” (Product 9.12): Initial production version; entered service in 1983.
MiG-29B-12 “Fulcrum-A” (Product 9.12A): Downgraded export version for non-Warsaw Pact nations. Lacked a nuclear weapon delivery system and possessed downgraded radar, ECM and IFF.
MiG-29UB-12 “Fulcrum-B” (Product 9.51): Twin-seat training model. Lacks radar and GSh-30 cannon.
MiG-29S-13 “Fulcrum-C” (Product 9.13): MiG-29 variant similar to the 9.12, but with an enlarged fuselage spine containing additional fuel and a Gardeniya active jammer.
MiG-29S-13 “Fulcrum-C” (Product 9.13S): Version with the same airframe as the 9.13, but with an increased external weapons load of 4,000 kg, and provision for two underwing fuel tanks. Radar upgraded to N019ME, providing an ability to track 10 targets and engage 2 simultaneously. Compatible with the Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) air-to-air missile (similar to the AIM-120 AMRAAM).
MiG-29SM “Fulcrum-C” (Product 9.13M): Similar to the 9.13, but with the ability to carry guided air-to-surface missiles and TV- and laser-guided bombs.
MiG-29M / MiG-33 “Fulcrum-E” (Product 9.15): Advanced multi-role variant, with a redesigned airframe constructed from a lightweight aluminum-lithium alloy. Mechanical flight controls replaced by an analog fly-by-wire system. Powered by enhanced-thrust RD-33K engines, with 86 kN of thrust (in afterburner). Weapons load was increased to 4,500 kg, and additional fuel tanks were installed within the fuselage to give a total maximum range of 2,000 km (on internal fuel). Original radar replaced by N010 “Zhuk”, providing ground-mapping capabilities and terrain-following flight modes. New “glass cockpit” displays, consisting of 2 cathode-ray-tube multi-function displays (MFDs). Added compatibility with the R-77 air-to-air missile and a wide range of guided air-to-ground munitions. Number of weapon hardpoints increased to 8 (4 under each wing). Originally intended as a replacement for earlier MiG-29 versions, but funding problems have prevented any MiG-29M purchases by the Russian Federation Air Force (VVS).
MiG-29UBM (Product 9.61): Two-seat training variant of the MiG-29M. Never built.
MiG-29SMT (Product 9.17): Upgrade of first-generation MiG-29s (9.12 to 9.13) containing many enhancements intended for the MiG-29M. Additional fuel tanks in a further enlarged spine provide a maximum flight range of 2,100 km (on internal fuel). Cockpit displays upgraded with 2 large liquid-crystal MFDs in full color and two smaller monochrome liquid-crystal displays (LCD). Upgraded N019MP radar provides additional air-to-ground modes and increased range. Engines intended for installation are RD-43 turbofans, providing up to 98.1 kN of thrust. Weapons load increased to 4,500 kg, with similar weapon choices as for the MiG-29M variant. This version is currently serving the air forces of Russia, Yemen, Algeria, and Syria.
MiG-29K “Fulcrum-D” (Product 9.31): Naval variant, similar to the MiG-29M except with equipment such as folding wings, arrestor gear, and reinforced landing gear. Originally intended for the Admiral Kuznetsov-class aircraft carriers, but cancelled.
MiG-29K “Fulcrum-D” (Product 9.41): Updated carrier-borne version intended for the Indian Navy. Based on the original 9.13, but with additional fuel tanks in the fuselage spine and a folding radome. Cockpit displays consist of liquid-crystal MFDs, and a new digital fly-by-wire system replaces the original analog system. Compatible with the full range of weapons carried by the MiG-29M and MiG-29SMT.
MiG-29UBT (Product 9.51T): Similar to SMT upgrade, but for the MiG-29UB.
MiG-29M2: Two-seat multi-role aircraft, utilizing the MiG-29M airframe (possibly based on the cancelled MiG-29UBM). Capabilities similar to the 9.15, but with LCD cockpit displays and digital flight controls. Proposed single-seat MiG-29M1 version remains unbuilt, but if constructed, it will likely be similar to the upgraded 9.41 MiG-29K.
MiG-29OVT / MiG-35 “Fulcrum-F”: Production version of the latest MiG-29 with the proven thrust-vectoring engine and fly-by-wire technology. The aircraft uses the same airframe as the MiG-29M1. The fighter is more agile and has an increase in range to 2,139 km (1,329 statute miles). With improved avionics, vast improvements in weapon systems, HOTAS systems, a wider range of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, as well as improved defensive and offensive avionics suites. It is no longer tied to the ground-controlled interception (GCI) system and would be able to conduct operations independently. It has eight weapon pylons and is able to refuel in mid-air as well as carry three external fuel tanks. The aircraft is being marketed under the designation MiG-35 for potential export. Russia is promoting the aircraft to various countries in the Middle East (namely Syria and Iran), in Africa (Algeria and Sudan), Latin America (Brazil and Peru), and India, to name a few. Malaysia is evaluating the type as a possible complement to its existing MiG-29B-12 ‘Fulcrums’ and its new Su-30MKM ‘Flankers’ which are to be delivered in 2006.

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