The MiG-29 fighters upgraded to NATO & ICAO standards have been in operation with Slovakian AF since 2006. In the effort to improve the MiG-29SE aircraft, the in-flight refueling system has been incorporated into MiG-29SD fighter. The aircraft is partly provided with Western IFF, radio navigation and communication equipment. The aircraft and engine service lives and time limits have been also extended.
The air superiority MiG-29 fighters adapted to NATO & ICAO standards, having the following new features:
- "Friend or Foe" targets classification within NATO standard without addressing to the ground control center [the MiG-29 fighters belonging to the AF of states which are not the NATO members initially have these possibilities but without right to enter the NATO airspace];
- compatibility with GPS "NAVSTAR", TACAN radio-navigation system, short-range radio-navigation and landing system;
- significant expansion of in-flight navigation data availability due-to additional mission computer and LCD monitor installation;
- operation in the NATO frequency bands, communication with NATO ATC centers due-to additional radio-stations installation;
- international en-route flights using anti-collision strobe-lights corresponding to NATO/ICAO standards;
- aircraft position detection abandoned by a pilot.
In the course of upgrading the weapons nomenclature remains the same as compared with the original aircraft. In the composition of the MiG-29SD aircraft airborne avionics the data exchange multiplex channel is added (bus of MIL STD 1553B standard).
Aboard the MiG-29 aircraft adapted to NATO & ICAO standards the new radio-stations, navigation and IFF systems of UK and USA production are installed. The cockpit data display system is improved due to installation of MFD-54 multifunction color display with button bezel and PUS-29 systems control panel (supplied by Russian company "SKB "Russian Avionics").
As compared with the original MiG-29 aircraft the airborne avionics of the MiG-29SD aircraft has additional mission computer intended for solving the navigation and identification tasks.
The specific scope of up-grading works and new equipment composition can vary depending on the Customer request. BAE Systems, Rockwell Collins and other companies are subcontractors under the MiG-29 aircraft up-grading program to the NATO & ICAO standards. The air-superiority MiG-29 fighters adapted only to the ICAO standards differ in simplified composition of airborne equipment and lesser possibilities.
During the MiG-29 aircraft adaptation to NATO and/or ICAO standards the following optional up-grading can be fulfilled:
- aircraft structure reinforcement for the extension of flight hours and service life up to 100% (depending on the aircraft technical condition);
- increase of internal fuel tanks capacity;
- installation of in-flight refueling systems of different types;
- improvement and/or replacement of some airborne systems;
- repair and transfer to on-condition maintenance.
The MiG-29 aircraft up-grading to NATO & ICAO standards can be fulfilled without aircraft delivery to Russia.
|Wing span, m||11,36|
|Take-off weight, kg:|
|- normal||14 900|
|- maximum||18 000|
|Maximum airspeed, km/h:|
|- near ground||1500|
|- at high altitude||2400|
|Service ceiling, m||18 000|
|Ferry range, km:|
|- without drop tanks||1500|
|- with 1 drop tanks||2100|
|- with 3 drop tanks||2900|
|Engines||RD-33 ser.2 (3)|
|Take-off thrust, kgf||2x8300|
|Number of external stations||6|
|- middle range||2xR-27R1|
|- short range||6xR-73E|
|Built-in air gun, 30 mm||GSh-301|
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