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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1992
Maiden Flight: 23 July 1988
Total Production: 81
Unitary Cost: RUB960 million   (USD$16 million)
Also Known As: Fulcrum-D and Mig-33
Origin: Russia
Corporations: RAC MIG
Parent System: Mig-29
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): August 1983
Total Production: 1,813
Family Members: Mig-29, Mig-29KUB, Mig-29M, Mig-29M2, Mig-29SMT, Mig-29UB, Mig-35 and Mig-35D
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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-29K is a single-seat, carrier-based multi-role fighter designed to operate from the Admiral Kusnetsov-class ships. It is a derivative of the Mig-29 Fulcrum featuring an arresting hook, hardened landing gear, folding wings, new engines, 8 pylons for weapons, and advanced air-to-surface capabilities. It retains the helmet-mounted sight, the built-in IRST and cannon from early Mig-29s with Zhuk-ME multifunctional multi-mode pulse-Doppler radar. During the 1990s the Mig-29K development frozen due to economic turmoil throughout Russia, thereafter development was restarted since 2002. Despite the first carrier-based Mig-29K was introduced in 1992, the current Mig-29K with sophisticated avionics, weapons and equipment underwent validation flights between 2002 and 2005 logging more than 600 sorties. The flight range has been increased more than two times compared with Fulcrum-A aircraft. The new RD-33MK engine provides higher thrust and extended life cycle as well as better fuel economy.
The Mig-29K's underwing pylons can accommodate R-77 and R-73 missiles for air-to-air engagements, Kh-31A and Kh-35 anti-ship missiles, Kh-31P anti-radiation missiles, KAB-500KR TV-guided bombs, KAB-500OD/KAB-500L laser-guided bombs, free fall bombs and rockets. It also features a probe-based retractable in-flight refueling system for long endurance missions, which is something new for a Russian-made aircraft. In August 2005 Svezda company announced that the BKDU-130 oxygen generator system development was completed on the Mig-29M aircraft. The new oxygen generator system was meant to remove the oxygen bottles from Russian manufactured fighter aircraft such as the Mig-29M. Mig-29K, Mig-29KUB, Mig-AT, and Yak-130. Moreover, Svezda stated that there was an agreement between the Russian Air Force and the design bureaus Mig, Yakovlev and Sukhoi on this issue.
In 2004, India purchased Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, to be commissioned as Vikramaditya by the Indian Navy, along with a weapons package including the Mig-29K/KUB carrier-based multi-role fighter. According to MIG corporation sources, the Mig-29K deal was valued at $700 million including new avionics as well as French and Indian subsystems. The first four aircraft were scheduled for delivery to India by mid-2007 and deliveries will continue through 2009. A contract option related to the same contract establishes that the Indian Navy could purchase 30 additional aircraft until 2015. The Indian Navy's Mig-29K/KUB aircraft fleet service life could extend until 2050. The Mig-29K and Mig-29KUB aircraft delivered to India from 2008 are the second generation to Mig-29 shipborne aircraft which entered service in the early 1990s. Mig-29K/KUB along with the Mig-29M, Mig-29M2, Mig-35 and Mig-35D form the core of the next generation Mig-29 family aircraft. The upgraded Mig-29K/KUB features at least 15 percent of composite material components within the airframe.
The Mig-29K (KUB) sale to India marked an important milestone for the Russian defense industry. Training of pilots and technical personnel, simulators, spare parts and after sale support in India will be provided by the Russian contractors under this agreement. The RD-33MK engines, Phasotron-NIIR Corporation's Zhuk-ME radar, multifunctional color displays and HOTAS-like controls are among the improvements of the Mig-29Ks to be delivered to India. MIG Corporation finally announced the beginning of Indian Mig-29K/KUB series production on February 3, 2005. These aircraft will be equipped with three multifunctional color displays (7 on Mig-29KUB), four-channel digital fly-by-wire flight control system, passive anti-radar missile homing system from Russia; France's Sigma-95 GPS receiver and TopSight helmet-mounted targeting system (the same developed for Dassault Rafale); Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) from Israel; and the Indian Industry supplies the communications equipment.

Mig-29K Applications

Carrier & Landing Ships Project 1143.5 Vikramaditya Vikrant

Mig-29 Orders


Mig-29 items 1992-2014

View full report Chart includes Mig-29 (403), Mig-29K (81), Mig-29SMT (80), Mig-29UB (21), Mig-29M (12), Mig-29M2 (12), Mig-29KUB (8)
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Mig-29K Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4.40 meter (14.4 foot)
Length: 17.3 meter (57 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Wingspan: 12.0 meter (39.3 foot)
Ceiling: 17,500 meter (57,415 foot)
Max Range: 1,650 kilometer (891 nautical mile)
Min Range: 750 kilometer
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2,200 kph (1.84 mach)
Top Speed at Sea Level: 750 kph (0.63 mach)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 38,800 pound (17,600 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 24,500 kilogram (54,012 pound)
Operational Weight: 18,550 kilogram (40,895 pound)
Payload: 6,500 kilogram (14,330 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mig-29K News

There are 17 news between
20 Jan 2004 and 1 Apr 2015
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015Russian Navy Ka-52K Helicopter to Receive Zhuk-AE Radar
Monday, November 25, 2013Russian Navy Takes Delivery of Two Mig-29K and Two Mig-29KUB Fighter Jets
Wednesday, August 28, 2013India to Establish Zhuk-ME Radar Maintenance Facility for Mig-29UPG Jets
Friday, June 8, 2012India's Vikramaditya Russian-built Aircraft Carrier Starts Sea Trials
Wednesday, February 29, 2012Russian Navy Places Order for 20 Mig-29K and 4 Mig-29KUB Jets
Thursday, August 11, 2011Russian Air Force Massive Order for Helicopters Placed in May Outlined
Tuesday, April 6, 2010Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier to Receive a Full Extent Upgrade by 2017
Friday, March 12, 2010Indian Navy Orders 29 Additional Mig-29K Carrier-Based Jets
Friday, February 19, 2010Indian Navy Introduces Mig-29K into Active Duty
Friday, January 15, 2010Russian Navy to Receive First Mig-29K Fulcrum-D Carrier-based Fighter in 2010

Operators & Related Equipment

Second generation Mig-29K ordered in 2006 (12) and 2010 (29)
Dec 201216
Two squadrons 24 Mig-29K/KUBs ordered in February 2012 along with another squadron of Su-33 aircraft
Nov 20132Mig-29K
Nov 20102

Grand Total 813
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