MAKER: MIKOYAN AVIATION NPO (MiG), RUSSIA TYPE: SUPERSONIC STRIKE FIGHTER LENGTH: 56.9 FEET SPAN: 36.4 FEET RANGE: 1,000 MILES HEIGHT: 15.5 FEET WEIGHT: 24,030 POUNDS EMPTY ENGINE: TWO KLIMOV RD-33 TURBOFANS TOP SPEED: MACH 2.3 WEAPON LOAD: 8,800 POUNDS I/R AND RADAR HOMING AIR TO AIR MISSILES R-73 AND R-77 LASER GUIDED BOMBS AIR LAUNCHED VERSION SS-N-26 YAHONT LAND ATTACK/ANTI-SHIP AS-17 KRYPTON ANTI-RADAR MISSILE (KH-31) C AND M VERSIONS EQUIPPED FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS DELIVERY
The MIG-29 is considered the equal to the U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet. The Fulcrum (NATO CODE NAME) was developed to counter the U.S.A.F. F-16 Fighting Falcon. The MIG-29 is a formitable air-to-air foe armed with the R-73 infrared seeking missile that is slaved to a helmet mounted sight, giving the Fulcrum an edge over U.S. Sidewinder equipped aircraft.
Russia has cut a deal with Sudan to deliver a dozen advanced MiG-29 FULCRUM jet fighters to the war torn country. The deal announced Christmas day in Moscow, also includes 14 MiG-29 jets for Yemen.
The Fulcrum fighters can also strike U.S. warships transiting the Suez Canal with advanced anti-ship missiles and could bomb targets deep inside Egypt or Saudi Arabia. In addition, the most advanced version of the MiG-29 is capable of delivering nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.
The Fulcrum is equipped with advanced phased array radar that can detect U.S. made Tomahawk missiles, allowing the fighter to shoot down cruise missiles. The Fulcrum also has an advanced infrared detection system that can detect American F-117 and B-2 stealth bombers.
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