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MiG-29SMT. Almost near

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MiG-29SMT, aka MiG-29М2. The perfect instrument of the air for the enemy. Above, as they say, only the MiG-35.

We visited one of our regiments, which are armed with these particular aircraft. I emphasize that the regiment is fully equipped with MiG-29М2. That can not cause positive emotions.

In general, I wanted to tell you more about the plane, but, alas, the ground part of the shooting operation ended as quickly as it began. Do not climb into the cockpit with the cameras, do not remove the pilots, cover the rooms and so on. And in general, the plane is beautiful in flight. Bring down, shoot, as they fly beautifully. Well, we went ...

There, above, in the heavenly office, too, everyone was against filming. All that this office has allowed us to see is take-off and landing. Further MiGs simply went into the clouds with a candle, and there the pilots were already doing their own thing. We just had to listen and gnaw the straps of the cameras.


What was there to see? But nobody canceled flights because of such trifles. It remained to hope for a camera in the cockpit of one of the aircraft ...

At the airport was the usual pre-flight and post-flight fuss. Check, refueling, launch, taxiing, takeoff, landing.












By the way, it became completely incomprehensible to us. It seems to be the MiG-XNUMHUB, and so similar to the MiG-29 ...







But in motion, of course, the planes are much prettier. The fact, as they say, is obvious.













Landing, if the weather were any better, it would be more effective. A bright searchlight asterisk suddenly appeared high above the city, and after a while the plane was already landing next to us.













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As they explained to us, not all the planes of the regiment take part in the flights at once. A part is on permanent combat duty, a part is just in readiness. Just in case. Here they are, waiting for their time.

Frankly, the plane is not for the camera. Too fast, difficult to convey the dynamics. Therefore, there is also a video that we tried to do to show the real beauty of real combat vehicles.



It’s a pity, of course, that the weather didn’t allow us to show those moments that the pilots were working on. And they were preparing to compete in qualifying competitions for participation in Aviadarts-2016, which will be held this year in the Crimea. And at the time of release of the material the best will already be on the way to the qualifying stage.

There is a certain confidence in success, since it was this regiment that was the first to receive these machines for service. We only need to wish them success and express the hope that in accordance with the plans of the Russian Ministry of Defense in the near future, the MiG-29М2 will replace their predecessors in all parts of our VKS.
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  1. Odysseus
    Odysseus 24 May 2016 06: 36
    +35
    Thanks to the authors for the excellent report and photos. The optimism of the authors is also pleasing.
    Small clarifications: the MiG-29SMT is not the MiG-29M2, but the MiG-35 is the MiG-29M2. They are in service "not in one of several" but in one single regiment, in Kursk-Vostochny, where the reportage was filmed. These are Algerian "refuseniks".
    Plus, the MO ordered a squadron with a SMT hook to replace the old sides in Erebuni. The first aircraft went to the CA in the Volga. But the future of the Mig-29M2 is still vague.
    1. techie
      techie 24 May 2016 06: 51
      +3
      Yes, well done guys, they tried. Beautiful birds, a good photo shoot. It’s nice to know that it’s our falcons that are lit on our military equipment to the envy of everyone else.
      1. alexmach
        alexmach 25 May 2016 22: 59
        +1
        Tired somehow they look in the photographs to be honest. Maybe of course the light, but in my opinion not.
    2. Alexez
      Alexez 24 May 2016 09: 52
      +1
      Well, don’t know ... They (MiG-29SMT and MiG-29M / M2) have such close characteristics that only an expert can determine by eye. Although I always thought that the MiG-29M / M2 has a characteristic feature increased dorsal space (additional fuel tanks) - just in 3 and 4 photos it is clearly visible.
      1. Pushkar77
        Pushkar77 24 May 2016 18: 23
        +4
        Here is the MiG-29M / M2, there are considerable differences, if you compare the video. The MiG-29M / M2 has a higher thrust ratio and if you watch videos from MAKS and other aviation events, you can see that it has higher load-bearing properties, it is even more maneuverable, the MiG-29SMT does not have an oxygen producing station, and this affects the combat radius of the machine, as well as less economical engines. Although it’s written under this video that it’s a MiG-35, it’s just the MiG-29M / M2 (the crown of its development), two prototypes of the MiG-35 are only assembled and if AFARs are installed on them, even more modern engines , the latest OLS, etc., then it will be the MiG-35.
        1. proud
          proud 24 May 2016 21: 37
          +1
          Video class! But when the aircraft arrives in the troops it will be just super!
      2. code54
        code54 25 May 2016 07: 09
        0
        "dorsal space" - What is this? belay
    3. Pushkar77
      Pushkar77 24 May 2016 13: 34
      +11
      Respect article, of course, but I agree, these machines are very different (MiG-29SMT and MiG-29M / M2). The MiG-29M / M2 has RD-33MK3 engines, it is generally built on the basis of a shipyard, and this is far from SMT. They even differ according to the glider, the wing area, its mechanization, PRNK, the pilot's study is also different. This is just what I am an amateur know. According to their capabilities, these are different machines. Sergey Korotkov spoke about this in almost every interview. Although the current second batch of MiG-29SMT is more sophisticated than the MiGs from the Algerian contract. This is a new built-in electronic warfare, it will be able to carry the R-77, but engines like the RD-33M2 (if I'm not mistaken) have already forgotten about the rest. Instead of the MiG-29M / M2, the troops will use the MiG-35 and (probably for the most part) the MiG-29SMT, following the example of Sushki, Su-35 and Su30SM (SM2, SM3), which is also good. The news that I read on the website of the Swifts flying club prompted me to think that they will receive the MiG-35 (probably after testing them). And the MiG-29M / M2 will not remain on the sidelines, 50 fighters are bought by Egypt (which, after testing, wants to buy the MiG-35). RSK MiG has built both lines, both for shipbuilders (MiG-29M / M2) and for the construction of the MiG-35, and if the lines are built, then the planes will be bought, as their construction is financed by banks and not so that these lines later stand idle ... Here is a photo of a brand new MiG-29SMT.
    4. figwam
      figwam 24 May 2016 19: 47
      0
      Quote: Odyssey
      But the future of the Mig-29M2 is still foggy.

      MIG-35, the pre-production batch has already gone.
    5. Koshak
      Koshak 24 May 2016 20: 26
      0
      Quote: Odyssey
      Plus, the MO ordered a squadron with a SMT hook to replace the old sides in Erebuni. The first aircraft went to the CA in the Volga. But the future of the Mig-29M2 is still vague.

      At the expense of the HACK (landing hook) you need to be careful. This is the deck version of the MiG-29k / cube
  2. slovak007
    slovak007 24 May 2016 06: 40
    +8
    First-class car! I studied on it. Thanks for the article. wink
    1. oleggun
      oleggun 24 May 2016 06: 44
      +1
      Lucky)
    2. Odysseus
      Odysseus 24 May 2016 06: 51
      +3
      Quote: slovak007
      First-class car! I studied on it. Thanks for the article.

      belay Training at SMT? What are you piloting now? Or do you mean UB-ku?
      But in any case, great!
      1. Falcon
        Falcon 24 May 2016 08: 16
        +7
        Quote: Odyssey
        Training at SMT? What are you piloting now? Or do you mean UB-ku?
        But in any case, great!


        I think Comrade means practice, not training.
        I just kissed too smile

        The truth is that the car is first-class, in part they did not particularly agree. But let's not talk about sad things.
      2. slovak007
        slovak007 24 May 2016 08: 49
        +2
        No, not at smt. In addition to the pilots, there are also techniques. And the weapons on them are not very different.
        But at the expense of first-class quality, there is no comrade in taste and color, there will be comments and complaints about any technique. Especially from military representatives)).
      3. Pushkar77
        Pushkar77 24 May 2016 14: 12
        +2
        The MiG-29SMT is good because it has a modernization potential, it can be brought to at least the Indian MiG-29UPG, which is also good. The state treasury is now not in the best condition, so the ratio of the purchased MiG-29SMT and MiG-35 will probably be 3-1, this is of course my private opinion.
  3. Runx135
    Runx135 24 May 2016 07: 54
    +16
    When I was practicing at TAPOiCH, I built IL-76, the Uzbeks drove the MiG-29 and Su-27 to repain, I saw them side by side in comparison. He was amazed, outwardly very similar in silhouettes to the sky, the planes turned out to be so different in size on the ground. Feels like the 29th could fit in the dryer under the wing. Since then, I had the opinion that the 29th is like a small car - a fast nimble compact, well, and the drying next to it looked just as huge as the Volga and the Cossacks (I do not want to offend anyone in size). I don’t know, I always liked Migi and I think that in vain they have so little attention. It’s a pity that they didn’t break in in Syria, it seems to me that it would be useful for cover.
    In general, I love our military aircraft, I think that our MiG SUSHKIs are not only effective, but also very effective.
    1. region46
      region46 24 May 2016 08: 56
      +2
      this hump of course with an additional tank spoiled the aesthetics in the form.
  4. Kulneff2009
    Kulneff2009 24 May 2016 08: 14
    0
    Beautiful bird!
  5. EvilLion
    EvilLion 24 May 2016 08: 25
    +8
    Algerian cars of the 14 IAP, which is near Kursk. In general, the aircraft is still from the end of the 90's.
    Currently, the MiG-29 of the early series is almost dead, there is nothing to replace, there were relatively few of them (270 units were later sold), because, unlike the MiG-31 and Su-27 from the air defense of the northern and Far Eastern regions , they were located in the republics, so even Moldova seized a regiment for itself only to ditch it. There are still machines in operation in the base in Armenia and, like the 31 IAP, which has already received the order of 20 Su-30СМ, it still uses them.

    16 SMTshek now seem to be doing it, either for a base in Armenia, or for someone else, but, apparently, if the MiG-29 is reanimated, then only in the form of a MiG-35, 2 machines should be tested in this year to collect.

    As we were told, not all regiment planes take part in flights at once.


    The entire regiment immediately never flies in peacetime, and they did not fly to the USSR, too expensive. During mass flights, they just roll out several cars and fly in turn, well, and the UB versions call in first, because, apparently, the Su-30M2 of the new ones were riveted because the sparks are already killed in the trash.
  6. NEXUS
    NEXUS 24 May 2016 08: 34
    +4
    The 29th car is remarkable. It is not for nothing that its mattresses were called "fulcrum." Among the 4th generation fighters, this is the best light fighter in the world. But I still hope that a new 5th generation KB MiG fighter will soon rise into the sky. about the fact that KB MiG has a crisis, financial problems, etc., I do not believe that within the walls of the Mikoyan people they are not working on the creation of such a machine.
    1. Pitot
      Pitot 24 May 2016 09: 39
      +2
      I agree, except for the "fulcrum". All fighters are called Merikos in words with the letter "F", which is why it seems like folkroom in Naglitsk. Helicopters also have their own letter. So our Mi-28 can be translated as "Hip"
      1. bober1982
        bober1982 24 May 2016 10: 00
        +2
        By the way, Americans are very respectful of our planes (the code for our planes), we must pay tribute. And there is a sense of humor.
        Only the MiG-15 - it was absolutely indecently called, in Korea they probably annoyed them, they cannot forgive them.
      2. NEXUS
        NEXUS 24 May 2016 11: 15
        +2
        Quote: Pitot
        I agree, except for the "fulcrum"

        Fulcrum - “fulcrum” (translation). What do you disagree with here ?.
        By the way, the 29th, like the Su-27, were fighters, during the creation of which the USSR, for the first time, did not catch up with the United States, but worked ahead of schedule.
  7. bober1982
    bober1982 24 May 2016 08: 40
    +6
    In Soviet times, regimental flights, the entire composition of the regiment, were common and frequent, there was nothing expensive for that (for those years). Another question is that flight shifts often crashed. One squadron flies during the day, two others fly at night, etc. There were many options, depending on the tasks. There were also many different exercises, checks, when regimental sorties were required by the entire regiment, I repeat, there was nothing unusual.
  8. region46
    region46 24 May 2016 08: 53
    +7
    my house is in the background. ))) I sometimes look through binoculars from the window. paired take-offs look especially impressive.
    and in the summer of the 14th, the pair was always in the air. some did not have time to land, while others were already taking off.
  9. ICT
    ICT 24 May 2016 08: 56
    +5
    in all its glory without yellow markers in intimate places wink
    1. MrK
      MrK 24 May 2016 14: 19
      +1
      Quote: TIT
      in all its glory without yellow markers in intimate places

      I agree. And the question is stupid. What's on top of the flashlight? If a mirror, then why? Explain it to a specialist. Who can.
      1. Falcon
        Falcon 24 May 2016 15: 07
        +7
        Quote: mrark
        I agree. And the question is stupid. What's on top of the flashlight? If a mirror, then why? Explain it to a specialist. Who can.


        Periscope. To control the instructor during take-off and landing of the front space. And then the back is not visible.



        1. ICT
          ICT 24 May 2016 15: 30
          +3
          Well, like something the same
      2. ICT
        ICT 24 May 2016 15: 10
        +1
        Quote: mrark
        Explain it to a specialist. Who can.


        The instructor’s cabin was placed behind the student’s cabin and equipped with a full set of controls and an indication system and the same ejection chair K-36DM. A common lantern for both cabs opened up and back and was equipped with a periscope above the instructor’s seat with a large screen and a mirror, which was released into the stream for landing and during taxiing.
  10. Stas157
    Stas157 24 May 2016 09: 07
    +2
    Information slipped that the Indians want to replay the tender with the Rafals in favor of Mig-35, that would be great! Mig-35 with afar, no worse than Rafal.
    1. Falcon
      Falcon 24 May 2016 09: 26
      +2
      Quote: Stas157
      Information slipped that the Indians want to replay the tender with the Rafals in favor of Mig-35, that would be great! Mig-35 with afar, no worse than Rafal.


      No, 35 has lost the tender. The information was what they wanted to change to Su-30MKI. But this also seems to have been decided.
      1. Stas157
        Stas157 24 May 2016 12: 33
        +2
        Quote: Falcon
        No, 35 has lost the tender. The information was what they wanted to change to Su-30MKI. But this also seems to have been decided.

        So it was back in 2011, the Mig-35 dropped out of the tender due to the lack of Afar radar. And just the other day, I read the Indians changed their minds on taking Rafali, but instead they want the MiG-35!
  11. King, just king
    King, just king 24 May 2016 10: 39
    +5
    Well. They moved the cunning Poghosyan - pop the PR and praise of the MiGs. Previously (before the move), the MiG was pah.
    Conjuncture, her to the swing ...
  12. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 04
    +5
    Thank you.
    A purely technical moment - even a DIGITAL photo needs to be manifested - is processed so that it looks like in real life, and not how the camera recorded it.
  13. red_october
    red_october 24 May 2016 13: 04
    +6
    It is necessary to produce both Sushki and MiGs.
    We have under 200 old MiG-29, with the exception of 28 fresh MiG-29СМТ, which is in the pictures.
    And these two hundred worn MiGs need to be replaced. MiGami-29CMT, MiGami-35, when the latter will bring to mind.
    And Su-30СМ and Su-35С are not enough for this.
    There is enough work for all the plants, and pulling a blanket only at the KLA is wrecking. The factories in Irkutsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Novosibirsk will still not produce more planes than they actually produce; production facilities are not rubber. And if, for example, by 2025, to two hundred Su-30 / 34 / 35, we will have at least 100 fresh MiGs, our country's defense will only increase.
    This is about the confrontation between fans of MiGs and "Sushki"
  14. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 06
    +4
    Or you can get this result if you change the shooting point and use a wide-angle lens.
  15. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 08
    +5
    This is our drying in the aviation museum near Rimini - you feel pride in the USSR
  16. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 10
    +2
    Well, nowhere without the MIG-21 (of which there are 7 pieces in this museum! In various camouflage)
  17. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 11
    +4
    Harry Powers nightmare :)
    On the door are Harry's tears.
    1. samoletil18
      samoletil18 24 May 2016 19: 27
      +2
      For "Powers' tears" - good
  18. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 15
    +2
    Tank at the air museum :) - Iraqi! The Poles contracted with Saddam modernized the SLA. And at the Customer's FORCE MASHER there was no one to return ...
  19. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 23
    +3
    Starfighter F-104 - what a nice perspective for the sight of MiG-21 pilots
  20. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 33
    +3
    Where did the Italians get the IL-28? Apparently, it was not without the Poles again - how quickly they get rid of the "occupational" past, selling off the aircraft of their former partner for a pittance.
    "Great" Poland cannot come to terms with the past? Only those who were addicted consider themselves dependent.
    But in my opinion - the Polish army was quite respected as part of the Warsaw Pact - who now speaks of them as part of NATO?
    1. bober1982
      bober1982 24 May 2016 13: 57
      +3
      IL-28 is the most massive aircraft that was delivered abroad: including such exotic (in the aviation sense) as Finland, Nigeria, Somalia and many others.
  21. DimerVladimer
    DimerVladimer 24 May 2016 13: 49
    +7
    The exposition of the Aviation Museum in Rimini, 30% consists of Soviet technology. For me, this is not so much an indicator that, after working out the resource, former partners on the cheap sold equipment to museums of new allies, but rather the pride that the 3 million Europeans visiting this museum in a year see the power of the USSR and the talent and efforts of people who created the army of the country.
    (Mi-8 of the German Air Force) - even if they have alien identification marks on them.
  22. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 24 May 2016 15: 05
    +3
    Of the 4th generation aircraft, MiGs will have to fly and upgrade the longest. The T-50 will begin to replace the Su-27/30/35, while a light / medium fighter is not yet in sight. So, the Century Mig-29/35 will be long.
  23. Alexey-74
    Alexey-74 24 May 2016 15: 41
    +2
    Mig is a great car and he has a long future. He firmly holds his niche in his class and is recognized throughout the world.
  24. sinoptic
    sinoptic 24 May 2016 16: 15
    +2
    As they smoked, they continue to smoke, albeit modernized. wassat

    High above the city, a bright searchlight star suddenly appeared, and after a while the plane was already landing next to us.

    Not true, there is no asterisk appears.
    When approaching, there is a dirty black cloud against a clear sky appears. It is very far visible.

    Well, then the planes are super! If anyone saw a swift show - MIG-29 is the king of the sky! He does what he wants in the sky, it cannot be conveyed, it must be seen.
    1. bober1982
      bober1982 24 May 2016 17: 05
      +1
      On the show (MiG-29) - YES! but this is my opinion.
  25. Looking for
    Looking for 24 May 2016 20: 47
    0
    Lord, thirty years have passed, and the special equipment-APA, "air" "as well as in 1981. Yes, there were days, it happened 130 hours of flight time for my" spark "happened a month.
    1. ICT
      ICT 24 May 2016 21: 24
      +1
      Quote: Seeker
      and special equipment - APA, "air" "as well as in 1981.


      Tzuha wink
  26. twincam
    twincam 24 May 2016 22: 05
    0
    handsome.
    just do not understand what kind of stray they are ...
  27. VeteranVS
    VeteranVS 25 May 2016 19: 01
    +2
    at the time, the MiG-29 was called a fighter for gaining air supremacy over the Democratic Republic of Moldova. Who will explain the logic of replacing SHIPBOARD SU with MiGs?
  28. VeteranVS
    VeteranVS 25 May 2016 21: 14
    +2
    Quote: Seeker
    Lord, thirty years have passed, and the special equipment-APA, "air" "as well as in 1981. Yes, there were days, it happened 130 hours of flight time for my" spark "happened a month.

    Who is your chatter for? let's count: 30-4 (let's say all Saturdays flew) = 26. park day = 25. 100 hours time limit = 23. after 2 shifts - preliminary preparation = 16. the conditions are ideal: the Air Force turns into an aeroflot, i.e. no combatants, fizo, firing, MLP (political officers are resting), YOU don't even wear outfits. they never beat off flights (meteo, unavailability of the runway, lack of spare ones, bans finally). total: 16 flight days (nights). And now about the hours: 16x8 = 128 hours of your presence on the flights, and you "flew" 130. If you have not forgotten: the time to prepare the aircraft for the second flight in those days was 35-50 minutes. depends on the type. the average flight time on a twin-track is 25-30 minutes.
  29. Dr. Sorge
    Dr. Sorge 26 May 2016 09: 55
    +3
    Star-winged bird! Victories to this winged beauty !!!