While production of the all-new MiG-29M/ MiG-35 gathers pace, Combat Aircraft looks at the history of the ‘Fulcrum’, older versions and upgrades of which remain in widespread service around the world.


Work to significantly upgrade the basic ‘Fulcrum’ only really gained momentum once MiG developed its own in-house MiG-29SMT (izdeliye 9.17). This company demonstrator carries a weapons load of KAB-500Kr TV-guided bombs and R-77 missiles.
Piotr Butowski

ON JANUARY 27, 2017 a large group of foreign military attachés and media arrived at Lukhovitsy, some 100km (62 miles) south-east of Moscow, to witness the official presentation of Russia’s new MiG-35 fighter. At the same time, it was an occasion to consider that the history of the ‘classic’ MiG-29 had come to an end. In December 2016, the Russian Aircraft Corporation (RSK) MiG delivered to Russia the last of 14 MiG-29SMTs ordered in 2014. These are also the final MiG-29s that employ ‘stock’ airframes remaining from the Soviet era. From now on, only the newer MiG-29K/M and MiG-35 versions remain in production.

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