Sunday, September 13, 2009

Russian Air Force MiG-29SMT’s to be upgraded

MiG-29SMT jet fighters that have been returned by Algeria will be upgraded and brought into line with the requirements of the Russian Air Force, Anatoly Kanashchenkov, first deputy general director and general designer of the Fazotron-NIIR corporation, told Interfax-AVN.

“The MiG-29SMT jet fighters that will be handed over to the Russian Air Force will receive a new “technological face”,” Kanashchenkov said.The planes’ navigation systems and Zhuk-ME onboard radars will be modernized, he said.“Improvements will be made to the radar stations’ frequency range,” he added.

“We will also form a new “technological face” for the radar currently used on MiG-29SMT planes,” the official said.Up to 20 Zhuk-ME radars are expected to be produced before the end of the year, Kanashchenkov said.Some of these radars will be installed on board MiG-29K/KUB deck- based airplanes slated for export to India, he added.


to asian defence

how bad were the returned mig29smt
any guess?

I don’t have details about it

there were hints in the press that this was more of a political decision than a technical one.

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