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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Maiden Flight: 29 November 1997
Total Production: 30
Also Known As: Fulcrum-E, Mig-29SM and Mig-29UPG
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG
Parent System: Mig-29
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): August 1983
Maiden Flight: 6 October 1977
Total Production: 1,979
Family Members: Mig-29, Mig-29K, Mig-29KUB, Mig-29M, Mig-29M2, Mig-29UB, Mig-35D and Mig-35S
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Description: 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. 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. 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.

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 Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4.70 meter (15.4 foot)
Length: 17.3 meter (57 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Wingspan: 11.4 meter (37.4 foot)
Ceiling: 17,700 meter (58,071 foot)
Max Range: 6,000 kilometer (3,240 nautical mile)
Min Range: 2,100 kilometer
Top Speed at High Altitude: 830 mps (2,989 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 38,800 pound (17,600 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 22,000 kilogram (48,501 pound)
Payload: 4,000 kilogram (8,818 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mig-29SMT News

There are 11 news between
5 Aug 2009 and 13 Feb 2019
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019Indian Air Force Eyeing Purchase of 21 Mig-29 Jets from Russia
Thursday, December 7, 2017Russian Air Force MiG-29SMT Fighters Proven in Syria
Tuesday, March 28, 2017Russia to Help Serbia to Modernize its Air Force
Friday, January 27, 2017Russian Air Force to Replace Mig-29 Light Fighter Fleet with Mig-35 Jets
Thursday, December 22, 2016Serbia to Receive Six Mig-29s, 30 T-72S and 30 BRDM-2 Armored Vehicles from Russia
Tuesday, December 20, 2016Russia to Deliver Six MiG-29SMT Jets to Serbia in 2017
Monday, August 31, 2015Russia Unveils Grom-1 and Grom-2 Strike Weapons
Tuesday, April 15, 2014Russian Air Force Orders 16 Advanced Mig-29SMT Fighter Jets
Tuesday, August 20, 2013Russian Air Force to Buy 16 New Build Mig-29SMT Fighter Jets
Friday, October 23, 2009United Aircraft Corporation Buys MiG Aircraft Maker

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft refused along with six Mig-29UBs and transferred to the Russian Air Force in January 2009
Mig-29s (54 A and 8 UB models) upgraded to Mig-29UPG standard. In March 2008, India and MIG Corporation of Russia signed a contract worth about $1 billion for the upgrade of 70 Mig-29 aircraft over a five-year period. The upgrade kit included a new radar Zhuk-ME, new weapon control systems and improvements to the aircraft's RD-33 OVT engines. The upgraded aircraft is called Mig-29UPG.
Feb 20196254 single seater and 8 two-seater
Former Mig-29S aircraft upgraded to the SMT standard between 2008 and 2012
Includes 220/230 Mig-29A/C/UB upgraded aircraft plus 28 Mig-29SMTs (and 6 Mig-29UBs) refused by Algeria in January 2009 due to poor performance. The Russian Air Force placed an order for 16 advanced Mig-29SMT in August 2013/April 2014 to be delivered through 2016.
2020100Mig-29SMT and Mig-29SM2
2016270Mig-29SMT (44) & Mig-29SM2 (226)
2014254Mig-29SMT, Mig-29UBT and Mig-29SM2
201030Mig-29SMT & Mig-29SM2
Aircraft ordered in December 2016 (6) from Russia. Four aircraft received from Belarus in early 2018 and other four at a later date.
Includes Mig-29SMT and Mig-29UBT

Grand Total 43210
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