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Mikoyan MiG-29

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The Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-29; NATO reporting name: "Fulcrum") is a fourth-generation jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. Developed by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s, the MiG-29, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, was developed to counter new American fighters such as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. The MiG-29 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1983.

While originally oriented towards combat against any enemy aircraft, many MiG-29s have been furnished as multirole fighters capable of performing a number of different operations, and are commonly outfitted to use a range of air-to-surface armaments and precision munitions. The MiG-29 has been manufactured in several major variants, including the multirole Mikoyan MiG-29M and the navalized Mikoyan MiG-29K; the most advanced member of the family to date is the Mikoyan MiG-35. Later models frequently feature improved engines, glass cockpits with HOTAS-compatible flight controls, modern radar and IRST sensors, considerably increased fuel capacity; some aircraft have also been equipped for aerial refueling.

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a number of successor states have continued to operate the MiG-29; the largest of which is the Russian Air Force. The Russian Air Force wanted to upgrade its existing fleet to the modernized MiG-29SMT configuration, but financial difficulties have limited deliveries. The MiG-29 has also been a popular export aircraft; over 30 individual nations either operate or have previously operated the aircraft to date, India being one of the largest export operators of the type. As of 2013, the MiG-29 is in production by Mikoyan, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) since 2006.

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  • Algeria
    • Algerian Air Force
  • Azerbaijin
    • Azerbaijani Air Force
  • Bangladesh
    • Bangladeshi Air Force
  • Belarus
    • Belarusian Air Force
  • Bulgaria
    • Bulgarian Air Force
  • Chad
    • Chadian Air Force
  • Cuba
    • Cuban Air Force
  • Czech Republic
    • Czech Air Force
  • Czechoslovakia
    • Czechoslovakian Air Force
  • Eritrea
    • Eritrean Air Force
  • East Germany
    • East German Air Force
  • Germany
    • Luftwaffe
  • Hungary
    • Hungarian Air Force
  • India
  • Iran
    • Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force - sold back to Iraq
  • Iraq
    • Iraqi Air Force
  • Kazakhstan
    • Kazakh Air and Air Defence Forces
  • North Korea
    • Korean People's Air Force
  • Malaysia
    • Royal Malaysian Air Force
  • Moldava
    • Moldavan Air Force
  • Mongolia
    • Mongolian Air Force
  • Myanmar
    • Myanmar Air Force
  • Peru
    • Peruvian Air Force
  • Poland
    • Polish Air Force
  • Romania
    • Romanian Air Force
  • Russia
    • Russian Air Force
    • Russian Navy - see MiG-29K
  • Serbia
    • Serbian Air Force
  • Slovakia
    • Slovak Air Force
  • Soviet Union
    • Soviet Air Force
  • Sudan
    • Sudanese Air Force
  • Syria
    • Syrian Arab Air Force
  • Turkmenistan
    • Turkmen Air Force
  • Ukraine
    • Ukrainian Air Force
  • Uzbekistan
    • Uzbek Air Force
  • Yemen
    • Yemen Air Force
  • Yugoslavia
    • Yugoslav Air Force
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