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HA6510 MIG-29A Fulcrum KB715, 47th Sqn "Black Archers", Indian Air Force, 2010

The MiG-29 is a twin-engine supersonic fourth generation air superiority jet fighter developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970’s. The aircraft entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1983 and still is in use with them as well as equipping over twenty four other countries over the years. The NATO designation for the MiG-29 is Fulcrum and it was designed to counter the American F-16 and F-18. The MiG-29 was first seen in the West in 1986. The MiG-29 (9-13) is designated the Fulcrum C.

In 1980 the Indian Air Force placed an order for 66 MiG-29s making them the first international country to do so even though the MiG-29 was in its initial development stage. Between 1986 and 1987 42 MiG-29s with serials KB701 to KB742 arrived. The paint scheme on these first arrivals didn’t have a standard IAF camouflage scheme, they wore Soviet colors and some of these aircraft colors varied. MiG-29 KB715 belongs to the 47th Squadron “Black Archers” at Adampur Air Force Station. Adampur is a base for 8th Wing (47th and 223rd Squadrons).

General Specifications Mig-29
Manufacturer – Mikoyan Gurevich
Role – Supersonic Multi-Role Jet Fighter
Entered Service – 1983
Production All Variants – 1,600 +
Crew – 1
Dimensions
Length – 17.32 m (56 ft 10 in) Wingspan – 11.36 m (37 ft 3 in0 Height – 4.73 m (15 ft 6 in)
Weight
Empty – 11,000 kg (24,250 lb) Loaded – 14,900 kg (33,730 lb) Maximum Takeoff – 18,000 kg (44,100 lb)
Performance
Powerplants – 2 X Klimov RD-33 Afterburning Turbofans Each Producing 81.59 kN (18,342 lbf) Maximum Speed @ Altitude – Mach 2.25 (2,400 km/h) (1,490 mph) Range – 1,430 km (888 mi) (772 nmi) With Maximum Internal Fuel Service Ceiling – 18,000 m (59,100 ft) Rate-Of Climb – 330 m/s (65,000 ft/min) Ferry Range – 2,100 km ((1,300 mi) (1,130 nmi ) With 1 Drop Tank
Armament
Gun – 1 X 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 Auto-Cannon W/150 Rounds Hardpoints – 7 X (6 Under-Wing, 1 Fuselage Capable Of Carrying Up To 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) Of Various Weapons Rockets S-5 S-8 S-24 Missiles 2 X R-27R/ER/T/ET/P Air-To-Air 4 X R-60 AAMs 4 X R-73 AAMs Bombs 6 X 665 kg (1,466 lb) Bombs