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"The most combat-ready version of the MiG-29": the US press appreciated the fighters transferred to Algeria

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"The most combat-ready version of the MiG-29": the US press appreciated the fighters transferred to Algeria

At the end of October, it became known about the delivery of the first batch of MiG-29M fighters to Algeria. In this regard, the Western media tried to assess the combat potential of the Russian vehicle.


Extensive modernization


The order for the MiG-29M squadron (14 units, including the two-seat version of the MiG-29M2) under a comprehensive contract was issued in September 2019. They are designed to partially replace the MiG-29 (version 9.13), which were purchased from Belarus and Ukraine in the early 2000s.

MiG-29M is the most efficient variant of the MiG-29 design
- writes about this edition of Military Watch (USA).
This model is in service only with Algeria and Egypt, not counting a small number of vehicles in the Russian military aviation.

This aircraft is an extensive upgrade of the most advanced medium-weight fighter of the Cold War, the MiG-29A.
- noted in the American press.

Unlike other upgraded variants, such as the MiG-29SMT recently delivered to Syria, or the MiG-29UPG ordered by India, the MiG-29M is equipped with a new airframe with advanced composite materials (making it stronger and lighter) and has a completely different appearance. ... The new RD-33MK engine with 7% increased thrust combined with a lighter fuselage compensates for the added mass, which has increased by accommodating more fuel. As a result, the aircraft has a significantly greater flight range compared to the old versions of the MiG-29.

With an emphasis on ranged combat and low cost


According to the publication, the MiG-29M was created with a great emphasis on long-range combat and is usually equipped with X-35 cruise missiles and R-77 air-to-air radar missiles. The MiG-29's electronic systems are the most up-to-date [apparently for Russia], with the Zhuk-ME radar providing a high degree of situational awareness, while the cockpit benefits from new helmet-mounted displays as part of the HOTAS system.

This purchase is not considered costly, since the fighter is one of the cheapest offered by Russia, and its operating costs are lower than the old MiG-29 variants already in Algerian service.
- indicates Military Watch.

According to the publication, there is a possibility that Russia will buy out the old Algerian MiG-29s, since Moscow had previously offered to purchase used aircraft from customers buying new fighters from it.

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  1. Gunther
    Gunther 3 November 2020 04: 55
    +1
    how, they praise ... not otherwise work for the agent of Donald, well, or zombified by Russian hackers.
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 3 November 2020 05: 05
    -18 qualifying.
    Is it impossible to reduce the air intakes in order to somehow reduce the RCS of the aircraft? He is clearly visible on radars with such air intakes for hundreds of kilometers! !!
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    2. Buffet
      Buffet 3 November 2020 10: 50
      +7
      It is immediately clear that you do not really understand in aviation and radio engineering. One change in the air intakes will do nothing; it should be an integrated approach to reducing the aircraft's RCS. Alteration of one element of the fuselage entails alteration of the rest. And this is a different amount.
      Surely MiG is developing its 5th generation light aircraft through such upgrades. Because many of these improvements are already going into new developments. Which ran repeatedly on the net. However, you understand ...
      But in general, the concept of reducing the RCS of an aircraft due to its shape in the near future most likely will not affect any role, since a photonic radar is on the way, and it actually nullifies all these attempts. Speed ​​and maneuverability will again come first.
    3. Thrifty
      Thrifty 3 November 2020 12: 27
      -7
      How tired of these minusers who do not even want to express their position, with rare exceptions! The MiG29 has a large RCS, one of the options for reducing it is to reduce the area of ​​the air intakes! !!!!!!!
      1. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 3 November 2020 15: 33
        +1
        Quote: Thrifty
        one of the options to reduce it is to reduce the area of ​​the air intakes! !!!!!!!

        The size of the air intake depends on the needs of the engine.
        An essential role in the RCS of an aircraft is played by the material from which the aircraft itself is made. For example, the Su-35 has several times less EPR than the Su-27, although in appearance not every person can tell where is what.
  3. Victor_B
    Victor_B 3 November 2020 05: 41
    +5
    The MiG-29 has always earned the respect of our enemies.
    It is clear that the propaganda blamed his characteristics in black, and our home-grown iksperds emanated bile.
    But ALL the reviews of the American pilots who flew the MiG-29 were enthusiastic.
    He was an equal rival for the F-16 and European fighters, almost in no way inferior to them.
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 3 November 2020 06: 20
    +7
    What's up with Military Watch? Either constant criticism of Russian weapons, or suddenly they were commendable about the aircraft.
    partially replace the MiG-29 (version 9.13), which were purchased from Belarus and Ukraine.
    As far as I remember, the Belarusian president was offended that Russia was selling rather than giving new planes to its ally and defender of the western borders, while they themselves were selling the planes bought (or maybe donated) from us abroad. You understand some kind of zagagulin.
    1. IL-18
      IL-18 3 November 2020 09: 38
      +2
      the Belarusian president was offended
      he takes offense at his western partners now. Multi-vector, however laughing
  5. Antokha
    Antokha 3 November 2020 09: 49
    0
    The MiG-29M is equipped with a new airframe with advanced composite materials (making it stronger and lighter) and has a completely different appearance.

    I did not understand this statement about the species at all. Who can explain?
    1. ancient
      ancient 3 November 2020 12: 03
      +2
      Quote: Anton
      I did not understand this statement about the species at all. Who can explain?

      Land ship wink
    2. tomket
      tomket 4 November 2020 10: 45
      0
      Quote: Anton
      I did not understand this statement about the species at all. Who can explain?

      Because in common with the usual MiG-29 (9.12 or 9.13) there are only air intakes.
      1. Antokha
        Antokha 4 November 2020 14: 45
        0
        But we are talking about the appearance, not the filling. I see the external difference between CMT and 9.12, but what about it?