Russia to upgrade Malaysian MiG-29 fighter jets

Russia and Malaysia have signed an agreement for upgrading the Royal Malaysian Air Force MiG-29 fighter aircraft at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon on Wednesday, Sputnik News reported..

The agreement was signed by Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC)-MiG Director General Ilya Tarasenko and Malaysian Air Force representative Mohamed Fadzar bin Sufad.

“The agreement confirms the extension of our contractual obligations for the Malaysian Air Forces on the operation of MiG-29 fighter jets. The RAC MiG will continue its cooperation with the Malaysian Air Forces and will provide technical support for these aircraft,” Tarasenko was quoted as saying.

On June 7, 1994, Malaysia signed a contract with Russia for supply of 18 MiG-29 for an estimated price of $5.6 billion.

Malaysian MiG-29s are designated as MiG-29N and MiG-29NUB, and formed Squadron 17 and Squadron 19 of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

MiG-29:

Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-29; NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) is a Soviet twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed and 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 1982.

The MiG-29 has been manufactured in several major variants, including the multirole Mikoyan MiG-29M and the navalised 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, and considerably increased fuel capacity; some aircraft have also been equipped for aerial refuelling.

The MiG-29 has also been a popular export aircraft; more than 30 nations either operate or have 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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