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Mikojan MiG-29


Type (Muster)
Fighter (Kampfflugzeug)

Country (Land)
Russia (Rußland)

Manufacturer (Hersteller)
1 Botinsky Street
125040 Moskau

Phone: 007-095/207-0366
Fax: 007-095/924-2489

General (Allgemeine Angaben)
Crew (Besatzung): 1 on K-36DM ejection seat

Weapons (Bewaffnung): There is one internal Gsh-301cannon (150 rounds of 30 mm ammunition) plus six external stores stations for air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, including:

  • 6 x R-73 (AA-11 Archer) IR-guided, short-range AAMs
  • 4 x R-73/R-73E (AA-10 Alamo) radar-guided AAMs
  • 6 x R-60T (AA-8 Aphid) short-range IR-guided AAMs
  • 8 x FAB-250 bomb
  • 4 x FAB-500 bomb
  • B-8M1 rocket pods
Power plant (Antrieb): 2 x Klimov RD-33
Max. thrust (Schub): 2 x 81,92 kN (8300 kp) with afterburner (mit Nachbrenner) or 53,3 kN (5400 kp) without afterburner (ohne Nachbrenner)

Dimensions (Abmessungen)
Length (Länge): 17,32 m
Height (Höhe): 4,73 m
Wingspan (Spannweite): 11,36 m
Wing area (Flügelfläche): 38,0 sq m

Weights (Massen)
Empty weight (Leermasse): 10900 kg
Fuel (Kraftstoff): 4555 l
External fuel (Zusatztanks): 1500 l tank under fuselage
Max. external load (max. Außenlast): 3000 kg
Max. take-off weight (Max. Startmasse): 15240 kg

Performance (Flugleistungen)
Max. speed at sea level (max. Fluggeschwindigkeit): Mach 2.3 at 12000m or Mach 1.2 at sea level
Time to climb to 6000 m (Steigzeit): about 55 sec
Service ceiling (Dienstgipfelhöhe): about 20000 m
Take-off run (Startrollstrecke): 250 - 300 m with full afterburner
Landing run (Landerollstrecke): ca. 600 - 700 m
Max. range (Max. Reichweite): about 2100 km with tank under fuselage
g-limit (g-Limit): +9/-2,5 g

Customers (Kunden)
A total of 1257 MiG-29 single seaters (model 9-12 and 9-13) have been built, plus approximately 220 MiG-29UB two-seaters and the prototypes. It is difficult to track down exact numbers delivered to the various customers, but the MiG-29 has been used by the following air forces:
  • Russia (ca. 420 in service now)
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria (ca. 20)
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic (in the meantime sold to Poland)
  • Germany (23 of 24 delivered to the DDR, including four two-seaters)
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • North Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Syria
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • USA (purchased in 1997 from Moldavia)
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen (some bought from Moldavia)
  • Yugoslavia

Competitors (Konkurrenz)
Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
Boeing F-18C/D Hornet
Dassault Mirage 2000

Remarks (Bemerkungen)
Development of the MiG-29 began in the early 70s, and the first of 14 prototypes made its maiden flight on 6 October 1977. Production began in 1982, with the first deliveries to the USSR frontal aviation units in 1983. The aircraft was widely exported until the collape of the USSR in the early 90s brought production at the MAPO factory in Moscow and the Sokol plant in Gorki (Nizhni Novgorod) to a halt in 1992. Since then MIG MAPO is trying to sell remaining stocks and upgrades like the MIG-29SMT.
A fully revised MiG-29M was developed in the mid-80s, but that programme seems to be in abeyance for now as funds have dried up.

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