MiG-29 Fulcrum: The Jet Even America Wanted

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From: U.S. DefenseImagery


Entering The Fray

Throughout its service, the MiG-29 was compared to the F-16 due to their similar roles in combat. The MiG-29 joined the fleet as the first Russian 4th-generation jet fighter, distinguished by its sleek and formidable appearance compared to earlier Soviet warbirds.

In battle, the “Fulcrum” was known for its speed and agility – able to outmaneuver any NATO fighter while wielding advanced missiles. 

From: US Air Force

America even purchased 21 MiG-29s from Moldova in 1997 under the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program.

The US aimed to procure the aircraft to prevent them from being sold to Iran while also providing US military forces with a working copy to see what it was truly capable of.

Far From It

But with that said, the MiG-29 was far from perfect.

The 4th-generation fighter entered service with outdated electronics, offered a short service life, and only allowed a very limited range. Its combat range was so notoriously short that some people even call it the “Airport Defender”.

Modernizing The Fulcrum

Still, the MiG-29 has seen several upgrades throughout its service life. Some of these enhancements included improved avionics, advanced radar systems, enhanced weapons capabilities, and increased range.

Photographed by: Alexander Beltyukov

But perhaps its biggest “upgrade” came after the development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB.

Further development of these two variants resulted in the introduction of the MiG-35, which was first introduced in 2019 – 42 years after the MiG-29’s maiden flight.


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