The Mig-29smt Fighter is the latest comprehensive upgrading of the MiG-29 tactical fighter. It is to provide the fighter with entirely new combat capabilities by increasing its combat radius (flight range and endurance) at a minimal cost. As a result of the modernization, the aircraft has acquired high combat efficiency in air to air and air to surface missions. The aircraft has excellent manoeuvrability with reliability and flight safety enhanced. As a result of the modernization, the fighter’s service life reaches 4,000 hours (or 40 years with on-condition maintenance).
The MiG-29SMT aircraft features an open-architecture avionics suite, up-to-date information/control
cockpit environment with two multifunctional button-fitted liquid-crystal colour indicators, and HOTAS arrangement. System integration effected in compliance with the МIL-STD-1553В standard enables mounting of any equipment on the aircraft at customer requests. The MiG-29SMT Fighter is fitted with modern weapons control system including a modified radar targeting system with the new Zhuk-ME
multifunctional radar featuring increased range, multi-channel fire capability and advanced air-to-surface operational modes.
The optical locating station and helmet-mounted target designation system make the avionics suite functionally complete. Integration of the targeting and navigational equipment on the basis of the modern computing system has resulted in much greater target acquisition range and sighting angles while the
number of targets simultaneously engaged is increased to four.
The MiG-29SMT aircraft is fitted with new navigation and communication facilities, electronic countermeasures equipment, monitoring and recording systems, as well as optronic pods. An interactive training system, simulators and the MiG-29UBT combat trainer aircraft are used for on-ground formation of the flying and technical personnel.
The aircraft guided weapons include the RVV-АЕ, R-27ER1, R-27EТ1, R-27R1, R-27Т1, R-73E air-to-air guided missiles, GSh-301 built-in gun, Kh-31А, Kh-31P, Kh-29T(ТЕ), Kh-35E airto surface guided missiles, and KAB-500Kr corrected bombs. If fitted with an optronic/laser pod, the fighter can employ the Kh-29L guided missiles and KAB-500L guided bombs. It can also deliver unguided weapons rockets and bombs.
MiG-29SMT Fighter specifications
Take-off weight, kg: normal 15,800 max 20,300
Powerplant RD-33 series 3
afterburning thrust, kgf 2 х 8,300
Max g-load 9.0
Max airspeed, km/h: at ground-level 1,500 at high altitude 2,400
Service ceiling, km 17.7
Flight range, km: w/o EFT / with 3 x EFT 1,800/3,100
with 3 х EFT and one in-flight
refuelling more than 6,000
Max external payload, kg 5,000