More Mig-29 Upgrades :
MiG-29SMT-II (Factory index 9.17-II): Further upgrades to the SMT are already planned or on offer, under provisional designation MiG-29SMT-II.
Improvements include frontal RCS reduction measures, IR signature reduction and further increases in fuel tankage and warload. Fuel capacity to be
increased to 5,600 kg (12,346 lb) through installation of new 219 litre (58.0 US gallon; 48.0 Imp gallon) tanks in LERX, replacing auxiliary air
intakes and ducts, as in MiG-29M and original SMT scheme. Eight hardpoint wing (either based on MiG-29M, with broad span ailerons, or merely rebuilt
standard wing) will allow warload increase to 5,500 kg (12,125 lb). Potential avionics improvements include new radar (N010, Zhuk, Zhuk PH or NIIR
Zemchug). Some expect future MiG-29 variants to receive a new engine, the VK-10M, being developed by Klimov for production from 2010, with a thrust of
108 to 113 kN (24,250 to 23,350 lb st). Thrust vectoring may be offered. May use triple redundant digital FBW FCS developed for MiG-29M.
MiG-29SMTK (Factory index 9.17K): Carrierborne variant combining MiG-29SMT features with landing gear, carrier landing system, folding wing,
double-slotted flaps, arrester hook and enlarged tailplane of MiG-29K. Believed to have been offered to India and China in association with initial
efforts to sell carrier Admiral Gorshkov. Latter built to operate STOVL Yak-38, but modifications proposed for STOBAR (short take-off but arrested
recovery) operation. Replaced by MiG-29K-2002 and MiG-29K-2008.
MiG-29K (Factory index 9.31): (K for korabelny; ship-based) Maritime version, used for ski-jump take-off and deck landing trials on carrier Admiral of
the Fleet Kuznetsov (formerly Tbilisi), beginning 1 November 1989; two new-build prototypes, using MiG-29M structure; completely redesigned, mainly
steel, wing using modified aerofoil section and of increased area (increased span, reduced leading-edge sweep) with double slotted flaps, drooping
flaperons and more powerful leading-edge flaps; new spar in front of original wing box; new strengthened centre-section without overwing louvres (see
MiG-29M); upward-folding outer wing panels; RD-33K turbofans with 92.2 kN (20,723 lb st) contingency rating for ski-jump take-offs. Fuel capacity
reduced to 5,670 litres (1,498 US gallons; 1,247 Imp gallons). First flown (16188 "311") 23 June 1988. (Preceded by MiG-29KVP, conversion of 07687
[preseries aircraft 918] with hook, strengthened landing gear and some carrier landing systems and used for trials at Saki from 1982.) Exhibited at
Machulishche airfield, Minsk, February 1992, with typical anti-ship armament of four Kh-31A/P (AS-17 "Krypton") ASMs and four R-73E (AA-11
"Archer") AAMs. Production MiG-29K was intended to use same basic airframe, power plant, avionics and equipment as MiG-29M, with added wing folding,
strengthened landing gear, ±90º nosewheel steering for deck-handling, arrester hook, fully retractable, permanently installed flight refuelling probe,
and other naval requirements, including Uzel carrier beacon homing system, SN-K navigation suite with INS-84, Resistor Shoran/ILS, ACLS and new
inertial platform and with radar upgraded to RLPK-29IM standards, giving better over-water performance. Ejection seat trajectory laterally inclined
30º so that a deck-level ejection would be into the sea, abeam the carrier, giving extra altitude for parachute to open.
MiG-29KU: Trainer derivative with two separate stepped cockpits remained unbuilt.
MiG-29K-2002: The original MiG-29SMTK (effectively a MiG-29SMT with the 9.31's folding wing and landing gear), previously offered to India along with
the former helicopter carrier Admiral Gorshkov, is understood to have been replaced by a new, multirole, carrierborne variant based more closely on
the MiG-29K/M, albeit without the expensive Al-Li alloys. With a MIL-STD-1553B-type bus and open systems avionics architecture, the MiG-29K-2002 is
compatible with a wide range of Russian and Western weapons, and may feature the colour displays and GPS-based navigation system of the MiG-29SMT.
This variant, possibly designated MiG-29 MTK, is claimed to be able to perform 90 per cent of its missions with a 10 kt (18 km/h; 11 mph)
wind-over-deck, even in tropical conditions using new autothrottle. One notable feature of the new aircraft is its much-reduced folded span of 5.80 m
(19 ft 0¼ in), achieved by positioning the fold line much closer in to the wing-root, and by adding upward-folding tailplanes. The aircraft can also
fold its radome (up and back), reducing overall length to 14.13 m (46 ft 4¼ in). Accordingly, Admiral Gorshkov can carry a full air wing of 24
MiG-29Ks (plus six helicopters), or (according to some sources) as many as 30.
MiG-29K-2008: upgrade configuration could add a computer upgrade and additional electro-optic, radar, IIR and recce pods, together with take-off
performance improvements. In December 1999, it was reported that India had selected the MiG-29K for use aboard Admiral Gorshkov, and an initial order
for 50 aircraft.
MiG-29KUB: Revised carrier-borne two-seat trainer design offered to India, based on MiG-29K-2002 with reduced-span, inboard wing fold and folding
tailplanes. Assumed to feature original stepped tandem cockpits of MiG-29KU.
MiG-29K / MiG-29KUB Technical Data
Takeoff weight MiG-29K / MiG-29KUB
- normal 18.550 kg. / 18,650 kg.
- maximum 22.400 kg. / 22.400 kg.
Engine type RD-33 ser. 3?
Engine thrust, kgf
H=0 M=0 / takeoff thrust(MiG-29K/MiG-29KUB) 8,300 / 8,700
Maximum operational g-load 8
Maximum airspeed MiG-29K / MiG-29KUB
- at altitude 2,200 km/h. / 2,100 km/h.
- at S/L 1,400 km/h. / 1,400 km/h.
Service ceiling 17,500 m.
Operational range MiG-29K / MiG-29KUB
- on internal fuel 1,850 km. / 1,600 km.
- with 3 fuel drop tanks 3,000 km. / 2,700 km.
Weapon load 4.500 kg.
MiG-29UB (Factory index 9.51; 'Fulcrum-B'): Combat trainer; second K-36DM ejector seat forward of normal cockpit, under continuous canopy, with
periscope and HUD repeater for rear occupant; no radar; gun, IRST sensor, laser range-finder and underwing stores pylons retained. Length 17.42 m (57
ft 2 in). Normal T-O weight 14,600 kg (32,187 lb); max speed 1,204 kt (2,230 km/h; 1,386 mph); service ceiling 17,500 m (57,420 ft). Prototype (with
ventral fins) first flown 29 April 1981; production began 1982; 197 built by 1991. Phazotron and Sokol offering upgrade with new I-band slotted
planar- or phased-array radar.Detailed description refers to "Fulcrum-C".
MiG-29UB Technical Data
Engine type 2 x RD-33
Thrust 8,300 kg. each
- normal 14.600 kg.
- maximal 18.240 kg.
Maximum operational g-load 9
- at altitude 2,230 km/h.
- at S/L 1,400 km/h.
Service ceiling 17,500 m.
- on internal fuel 1,450 km.
- with one fuel drop tank 2,000 km.
- with three fuel drop tanks 2,500 km.
Maximum weapon load 2.500 kg.
MiG-29UBT (Factory index 9.51T): Private venture programme funded by OKB, consisting of virtual SMT upgrade (increased fuel in enlarged spine,
in-flight refuelling capability glass cockpit and enhanced avionics) for UB trainer. This transforms UB into operationally capable two-seat multirole
fighter, with potential for Su-24 replacement or for "pathfinder" use. Expected to be fitted with a millimetre wave terrain-avoidance radar and
Osa-2 X-band, phased-array centimetric air-to-air/air-to-ground radar, or with Thomson-CSF RC 400 radar in nose and missile launch and trajectory
control system in wingroots. Full dual controls retained in rear cockpit, but augmented by large CRT display screen optimised for display of FLIR or
video imagery; WSO would be a rated pilot who could take control if captain incapacitated. Long-serving demonstrator (08134 "304") converted to UBT
demonstrator/prototype making type's Western debut at 1998 Farnborough Air Show, after only five test flights in new configuration, having first
flown on 25 August 1998. First production conversion 25982 "952", with folding refuelling probe, shown at Paris in June 1999. A further-upgraded
aircraft, with four-pylon wings, refuelling probe and OSA-2, is expected to fly in mid-2000
MiG-29OVT: MIG-29 version with 3-d thrust-vectoring nozzles. A fully representative prototype is due to fly by the year-end or early 2002. The nozzles
installed on MIG-29OVT can move in any direction over the rear hemisphere at any range of engine operation, offering the aircraft astounding
manoeuverability. Fire-control system including, Phazotron Zhuk-M radar and the full range of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, including the
R-77 air-to-air missile and the KH-31 and KH-35 air-to-surface missiles.
MiG-29 Sniper: The upgraded MiG-29 SNIPER was first demonstrated in Berlin- ILA 2000 and Timisoara Air Shows . The SNIPER maiden flight on 5th May
2000 demonstrated that the cooperation between Daimler Chrysler Aerospace (now EADS), AEROSTAR S.A. from Romania and ETBIT SYSTEM Ltd. from Israel was
completely fruitful. The Parties utilized an aircraft that is used in the Romanian Air Force, extended the aircraft life and upgraded it with enhanced
The new avionics includes:
installation of a new modular multi role computer (MMRC)
installation of a Mil-Bus 1553B
upgraded western avionics:
communication system (new radio stations)
navigation system (e.g. integrated LINS/GPS)
identification system (transponder)
displays (e.g.: MFCDs of 6”X8”, Head-Up Display)
radar warning receiver
new HOTAS (hands on throttle and stick) system
new ADC (Air Data Computer)
While the upgraded aircraft complies with NATO/ICAO standards, the modified cockpit provides a modern Man-Machine Interface.