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Ukrainian MiG-29MU2: the modernization of the Soviet fighter was appreciated in the Polish press

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In Ukraine, the MiG-29MU2 fighter is being tested. They are trying to modernize it, turning it into a multifunctional aircraft, and in Poland, meanwhile, give their estimates to the aircraft.


The Polish press recalled that the MiG-29MU2 is a modernized MiG-29MU1, which is currently operated by the 40th tactical air brigade of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces, located 20 km from Kiev. Work on the modernization of the fighter has been held at the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant since January 2020, and tests are carried out under the strict supervision of specialists of the Ukrainian Air Force.

Recall that the MiG-29 aircraft were constructed in the USSR at the turn of the 1970s - 1980s and in 1983 they entered the air force of the Soviet Union. For more than thirty years of operation, the MiG-29 participated in numerous wars and conflicts in the post-Soviet space, in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, including the Persian Gulf war in 1991, the Transnistrian conflict of 1991-1992, and the war in Yugoslavia, the war of Ethiopia with Eritrea in 1998-2000, the war in South Ossetia in 2008, and finally - in the civil war in Syria, which has been going on since 2011.

Since 2001, Ukraine has wondered about the modernization of the MiG-29, entrusting this task to the Lviv Aircraft Repair Plant. As a result, in 2009 the MiG-29MU1 entered service. At the same time, it was not possible to upgrade the entire MiG-29 to the new standard due to the high cost of modernization measures - at least $ 2 million per aircraft.

One of the most important tasks in the modernization process is the installation of new equipment, including the aiming system, which allows the use of a modified radar to detect air and ground targets, guidance weapons plane.

In addition, the fighter will receive a system of "range finder and thermal detector" with twice the detection range. Finally, a new fire control system is installed on the aircraft.


The fighter is armed with X-29 missiles and KAB-500KR bombs. In addition, the MiG-29MU2 will be able to use laser-guided missiles. By the way, back in March 2019, KAB-500KR bombs and X-29T missiles were already tested on a prototype aircraft.

On March 30, 2020, the first photos of the aircraft with the X-29 missile suspended under the wing appeared on the network. In April 2020, further tests will be carried out, primarily weapons systems.


The command of the Air Force of Ukraine expects that the MiG-29 aircraft after modernization according to a given standard will be able to serve in combat aviation another 8-12 years. During this time, Kiev expects to find funds for the acquisition of more modern air vehicles and putting them into service with the Air Force of Ukraine.

Thus, at present, the only way to maintain at least some fighting efficiency of the national air force for Ukraine is the modernization of aircraft and aircraft weapons, developed in Soviet times. Without Soviet technology and production capacity, modern Ukraine would not have such an opportunity.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s closest neighbor, Poland, is to be expected to evaluate the modernization of the MiG-29 aircraft through the prism of its anti-Russian installations. This is clearly seen in the comments in the Polish media.

This is a serious approach to protecting one’s own country and, above all, to maintaining the capabilities of their own industry in supporting the armed forces, without which, after a Russian attack on Ukraine, Ukrainians would be completely defenseless,

- writes one of the Polish commentators.

Another commentator advises the Polish leadership to carefully study the Ukrainian experience, and if it proves successful, apply it to modernize the MiGs that are in service with the Polish Air Force.

Some Polish commentators pay tribute to the MiG-29 as a fairly advanced machine, but for "its time" - for the end of the 1980s:

When the MiG-29 entered service, it was really a breath of modernity in the USSR and the Eastern Bloc. The MiG-29 was the first Russian aircraft of the 4th generation, but it is packed with electronics of the 3rd generation.
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  1. Aviator_
    Aviator_ April 1 2020 14: 21 New
    +5
    And where will they take dvigun?
    In total, more than 5000 RD-33 engines were manufactured. Repair is carried out at aircraft repair plants No. 121 (Kubinka), No. 218 (Gatchina), No. 570 (Yeysk). Engine license acquired by India.
    Really the Hindus?
    1. Izotovp
      Izotovp April 1 2020 14: 28 New
      +4
      Rather, the Chinese)
    2. Frogfoot
      Frogfoot April 1 2020 15: 24 New
      +1
      Ukraine also has the competence to repair RD-33 engines, including AL-31. Lutskiy plant "Motor". So at their own peril and risk, they can repair / renew at least until 2040.
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer April 1 2020 18: 17 New
        +3
        Too shy to ask - how to repair an engine without spare parts? I would not count on China, practice shows that Chinese engines (spare parts) are of very dubious quality.
        1. Prisoner
          Prisoner April 1 2020 21: 45 New
          +4
          Well, that will be complete harmony - of dubious quality repair and dubious quality of spare parts. Only pilots, I think it will be very dumb on such flyers to plow the airy ocean. hi
    3. Invoce
      Invoce April 1 2020 16: 14 New
      +5
      Quote: Aviator_
      And where will they take dvigun?
      In total, more than 5000 RD-33 engines were manufactured. Repair is carried out at aircraft repair plants No. 121 (Kubinka), No. 218 (Gatchina), No. 570 (Yeysk). Engine license acquired by India.
      Really the Hindus?

      These ARZs repair only the PLANER! Engines repairs manufacturer only yes
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer April 1 2020 21: 56 New
        0
        That there are no repair plants that do average repairs? Kapitalka is understandable - only a plant, because the replacement of large parts is possible.
    4. Michael67
      Michael67 April 1 2020 18: 03 New
      +3
      The name dumb was given by MIG-29 MUDVA. As the saying goes: As you call, so ...
  2. Sky strike fighter
    Sky strike fighter April 1 2020 14: 23 New
    +2
    Not the Mig-35, of course, and not even the Mig-29SMT, but still. The truth, the X-29, in my opinion, does not currently correspond to modern realities.
    1. bober1982
      bober1982 April 1 2020 14: 31 New
      +3
      Quote: Sky Strike fighter
      True X-29 in my opinion does not currently correspond to modern realities

      X-29L is fully consistent with these very realities - simple and accurate guidance, reliable. The X-29T mentioned in the article has long been withdrawn from service, how they test this missile is not clear, it is impossible to launch this missile, and no innovations will help.
      1. Sky strike fighter
        Sky strike fighter April 1 2020 14: 42 New
        +5
        Quote: bober1982
        Quote: Sky Strike fighter
        True X-29 in my opinion does not currently correspond to modern realities

        X-29L is fully consistent with these very realities - simple and accurate guidance, reliable. The X-29T mentioned in the article has long been withdrawn from service, how they test this missile is not clear, it is impossible to launch this missile, and no innovations will help.

        The X-29 missile range like a ATGM (10 km) corresponds to modern realities? Normal air defense will not allow such a distance.
        It is also planned to use the air-to-surface cruise missile X-29 of the 1980 model with a laser homing head and a range of 10 km. The missile is powerful enough, the weight of its warhead exceeds 300 kg. However, the disadvantage when using it on the MiG-29 is that the aircraft at the limit is able to lift only three missiles. Because the payload of this fighter is 2200 kg. For a fighter, this is not so scary, for an attack aircraft too little.


        A number of Ukrainian enterprises have been involved in remaking the MiG-29MU1 fighter into the MiG-29MU2 attack aircraft. Among them, LLC Radoniks and KB Luch.

        Details on the link below.
        https://svpressa.ru/war21/article/192754/
        1. bober1982
          bober1982 April 1 2020 15: 32 New
          +1
          Quote: Sky Strike fighter
          X-29 missile range like ATGM (10 km)

          Launch range - 4km-5km, with a range of 10km can be launched, but this is a long launch range.
        2. Lozovik
          Lozovik April 1 2020 20: 03 New
          0
          Quote: Sky Strike fighter
          The X-29 missile range like a ATGM (10 km) corresponds to modern realities?

          The launch range of the X-29TE is up to 30 km for a large target (building / bridge).

          Quote: Sky Strike fighter
          It is also planned to use the air-to-surface cruise missile X-29 of the 1980 model with a laser homing head and a range of 10 km. The missile is powerful enough, the weight of its warhead exceeds 300 kg. However, the disadvantage when using it on the MiG-29 is that the aircraft at the limit is able to lift only three missiles. Because the payload of this fighter is 2200 kg. For a fighter, this is not so scary, for an attack aircraft too little.

          Rave. Where are 3 rockets from? Why 2200 kg?
        3. Valery Pinchuk
          Valery Pinchuk April 2 2020 14: 07 New
          0
          product X-29. the missile is already "old", its performance characteristics are unimpressive, this is a fact, but it is not intended for carrying out "carpet" (indiscriminate) bombing of "squares"!
          Its purpose is accurate surgical single strikes on previously explored single targets (PU, military air defense systems, bridges, headquarters, etc.)
      2. Sky strike fighter
        Sky strike fighter April 1 2020 15: 01 New
        0
        The X-29T mentioned in the article has long been withdrawn from service, how they test this missile is not clear, it is impossible to launch this missile, and no innovations will help.

        Maybe they make or upgrade the X-29T themselves? They write that they are testing it. The repair photo is below the link below.
        On the MiG-29MU2, the installation of missile and bomb weapons with television guidance heads of the X-29T and KAB-500KR types is possible.

        After the first flight of the fighter in January 2020, flight tests of an aircraft with guided weapons began.

        After the flights, launches of guided missiles and weapons will be carried out to confirm the possibility of their use in combat conditions.

        "The MiG-29 airplanes normally available in Ukraine do not have the technical capability to hit ground targets with guided weapons, so the modernization of the MiG-29MU2 is designed to expand the combat capabilities of the aircraft in service with the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces," it was reported.

        https://www.obozrevatel.com/crime/v-ukraine-ispyitali-istrebiteli-s-upravlyaemyimi-raketami-foto.htm
        1. bober1982
          bober1982 April 1 2020 15: 34 New
          0
          Quote: Sky Strike fighter
          Can they produce or upgrade the X-29T themselves?

          They are not able to produce these missiles, have accumulated in warehouses, as unnecessary.
        2. TermNachTer
          TermNachTer April 1 2020 21: 59 New
          +3
          They seem to be modernizing, but some "muddy" firms such as "Horns and Hooves" that appeared after the outbreak of the civil war. It should be understood that the main task of these companies is to scrambling budget grandmothers, since everything is classified as "secret." A terrible secret so that the damned Muscovites do not know.
      3. iouris
        iouris April 1 2020 15: 13 New
        +1
        Quote: bober1982
        X-29L is fully consistent with these very realities - simple and accurate guidance, reliable.

        In range, it does not fundamentally differ from the S-25 and X-25MR. At the same time, the modernization of the aircraft itself, according to the source, is very serious. Moreover, the main adversary is the DPR and LPR. What flies is adapted to suppress ground targets. The question remains: how many such aircraft does the enemy have? If there are enough of them, then in April-May should wait for the offensive.
        1. bober1982
          bober1982 April 1 2020 15: 43 New
          +2
          Quote: iouris
          In range, it does not fundamentally differ from the S-25 and X-25MR

          Aiming and launching the S-25, X-25 is fundamentally different from working with the X-29, in range - yes, there are not many differences.
          Quote: iouris
          The question remains: how many such aircraft does the enemy have? If there are enough of them, then in April-May should wait for the offensive.

          Their MiG-29s are just dark, they have nowhere to go, so they started shamanizing with them, you have to fly on something, but no modernization will fundamentally change anything - they will be knocked down by clusters. There’s nothing to wait for an offensive, it's ridiculous.
          1. TermNachTer
            TermNachTer April 1 2020 22: 01 New
            +2
            Their darkness is only on paper, in a flying state "tears". When 2014 MiG - 60s were examined on Belbek in March 29, the conclusion was unequivocal - firewood.
        2. Sky strike fighter
          Sky strike fighter April 1 2020 15: 49 New
          -1
          The article says that work on the modernization of the fighter in the singular has been going on since January 2020.
  3. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich April 1 2020 14: 23 New
    -3
    Are there pilots in the APU? Or, too, have gone, before Europe, ,, cava drink ,,?
    1. Aviator_
      Aviator_ April 1 2020 14: 33 New
      +3
      They’ll dial to the link. Anyway, more than the link of the planes do not upgrade.
    2. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin April 1 2020 14: 34 New
      +5
      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      Are there pilots in the APU?

      There is
  4. Lipchanin
    Lipchanin April 1 2020 14: 32 New
    +2
    Another commentator advises the Polish leadership to carefully study the Ukrainian experience, and if it proves successful, apply it to modernize the MiGs that are in service with the Polish Air Force.

    So then the fu-35 will no longer be needed? laughing
  5. Amateur
    Amateur April 1 2020 14: 33 New
    +7
    Another funny article on VO by April 1st! request
    1. Andrei Nikolaevich
      Andrei Nikolaevich April 1 2020 14: 44 New
      +2
      People! Or maybe it's really a joke by April 1?)))
  6. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith April 1 2020 14: 34 New
    +4
    What is the Ukrainian fighter, this is the Soviet fighter. And no body kits with whistles and fakes will make him Ukrainian. Maximum support in a more or less operational state.
    1. mat-vey
      mat-vey April 1 2020 14: 41 New
      0
      Quote: Lord of the Sith
      What is the Ukrainian fighter, this is the Soviet fighter.

      Something they are not in a hurry to get rid of this legacy of the Soviet past .. otherwise it would be like a monument to Lenin with sledgehammers, and they forgot about the hated USSR, but it reminds me of that ..
      1. Lord of the Sith
        Lord of the Sith April 1 2020 14: 42 New
        +4
        Duc Ukraine within its current borders is the most important legacy of the Soviet past for them.
        How do you get rid of it? laughing
        1. mat-vey
          mat-vey April 1 2020 14: 44 New
          -1
          So it’s kind of decided to sell? Or no?
          1. Lord of the Sith
            Lord of the Sith April 1 2020 14: 45 New
            0
            The earth? Yes, the oligarchs and officials decided to boil down the drain.
            Sorry, the last pants decided to sell.
            1. mat-vey
              mat-vey April 1 2020 14: 47 New
              0
              Quote: Lord of the Sith
              The earth? Yes, the oligarchs and officials decided to boil down the drain.
              Sorry, the last pants decided to sell.

              You do not correctly interpret - they are struggling with the remnants of the soviet heritage))
              1. Lord of the Sith
                Lord of the Sith April 1 2020 14: 51 New
                0
                I interpret it as it is, that rich Pinocchio robbing what is left of Ukraine, and speaking ideologically, to fool the country's inhabitants, then this is undoubtedly a struggle against the Soviet legacy and decommunization)))
                1. mat-vey
                  mat-vey April 1 2020 14: 53 New
                  0
                  Quote: Lord of the Sith
                  and speaking ideologically sustained to fool the country's inhabitants

                  Well, those who do not fully understand the ideology, or do not understand correctly, as I understand, seek to explain on a physical level.
  7. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins April 1 2020 14: 34 New
    +1
    Dill has no other choice. Only modernization. The next step is technocannibalism.
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin April 1 2020 14: 48 New
      +1
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Dill has no other choice.

      There is
      During this time, Kiev expects to find funds for the acquisition of more modern aircraft and putting them into service with the Air Force of Ukraine.

      As the preclown sells all the land, so they can scrape together
  8. Polite Moose
    Polite Moose April 1 2020 14: 40 New
    +2
    Ukrainian MiG-29MU2: the modernization of the Soviet fighter was appreciated in the Polish press

    I don’t know how they evaluated the modernization in the Polish press, but personally to me the “MUDVA” version does not seem entirely successful. wink
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter April 1 2020 14: 50 New
      +2
      But it’s vital. As you name the ship, it will sail. Even if it’s not a fleet, but an aeroflot, it’s also true.
      1. Polite Moose
        Polite Moose April 1 2020 14: 57 New
        +1
        Quote: Sky Strike fighter
        But it’s vital. As you name the ship, it will sail.

        By the way, about the ships: And if the ship version of this modernized MiG-29 is released, like it or not, but at the end you will have to add the letter "K". wink No, well, cho, it will sound good too.
  9. kit88
    kit88 April 1 2020 14: 53 New
    +8
    Purely medical interest. How much more can be extended on the Soviet legacy? You can upgrade everything, change the entire filling, but you can’t replace the glider. As I understand, they haven’t received new sides for 30 years.
    1. iouris
      iouris April 1 2020 15: 14 New
      0
      The patient is more likely alive than dead. Rumors about his death are greatly exaggerated. One should have a "watchdog force for enforcing peace."
    2. TermNachTer
      TermNachTer April 1 2020 22: 09 New
      +3
      So the rest were also not 1991 release. There are cars from the early 80s and they were stored on the street.
  10. askort154
    askort154 April 1 2020 15: 06 New
    0
    The Ukrainian Air Force command expects that the MiG-29 aircraft, after modernization according to a given standard, will be able to serve in combat aviation for another 8-12 years. During this time, Kiev expects to find funds for the acquisition of more modern aircraft and their arming Air Force of Ukraine.

    Why waste time on trifles, just the F-35! Like the Poles. Only one BUT ,'re coming out, dreamers. The day before yesterday, your RADA voted for the sale of land, only for the IMF to allocate 4 billion loans. Otherwise, Ukraine is bankrupt. And what can the "Air Force Command" count on ?! Frankly - blah-blah-blah, for complacency, while with shoulder straps.
  11. Aliken
    Aliken April 1 2020 17: 35 New
    +2
    Something I did not understand, and the APU decommunization is not concerned? Why are Ukrainian and Polish radicals a language in w. put it in?
  12. Horst78
    Horst78 April 1 2020 22: 30 New
    0
    Interesting. Modernized according to the "Croatian" version, or all the same on the "conscience"? I remember the Croats were very dissatisfied with the modernization of their MiG-21 from the Ukrainian "partners".
  13. Gosha Smirnov
    Gosha Smirnov April 1 2020 22: 50 New
    -2
    You won’t make a bullet out of G. Mig29 was originally ... still the same. However, like the whole line, instantly after blink21 and 25/31
  14. clidon
    clidon April 2 2020 11: 01 New
    0
    Interestingly, and the MiG-29 fighter in the entire history. Has destroyed at least one enemy combat aircraft of its service?
  15. sanik2020
    sanik2020 April 2 2020 12: 18 New
    +1
    Another commentator advises the Polish leadership to carefully study the Ukrainian experience, and if it proves successful, apply it to modernize the MiGs that are in service with the Polish Air Force

    What experience and whom should I advise? The Poles have already bought used f-16s and contracted f-35s, now they are at a crossroads, lost in three pines.