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MiG-29

 

The MiG-29 was the only Russian fighter aircraft that had been taken over from the National People’s Army of the GDR by the German Air Force after the reunification of the two German states in 1990 and which was then flown in accordance with western standards.

 

The MiG-29 weapon system was unique in the flight operations of the German Air Force. The MiG-29 was the only Russian fighter aircraft that had been taken over from the National People’s Army of the GDR by the German Air Force after the reunification of the two German states in 1990 and which was then flown in accordance with western standards.

In January 1991, the German Air Force began with the official MiG-29 testing program. After the establishment of Test and Evaluation Wing MiG-29 at Preschen Airbase, the German Government decided to integrate the MiG-29 in the NATO Air Defense structure in July 1991.

 

In December 1994, the first MiG-29 were deployed to Laage. They were employed as QRA aircraft to ensure the related tasks within the framework of the airspace surveillance mission. In addition to the tasks performed under the air policing mission (QRA), a considerable number of allied air force crews had the chance to gain valuable experience in air combat training against the MiG-29 weapon system. This enhanced the reputation of the Bundeswehr among the allied partners.

 

Starting in September 2003, 22 of the original 24 MiG-29s were handed over to the Polish Air Force. On 4 August 2003, the last nine MiG-29 aircraft took off at Laage Airbase towards Bydgoscz inPoland.

 

 

 

 

  

  

Technical Data

Manufacturer

Mikojan-Gurewitsch

Engines

2 x Klimow RD-33

Performance / Thrust

je 81.4 kN with afterburner

Length

17.32 m (with pitot tube)

Height

4.73 m

Wingspan

11.36 m

Empty weight

10,900 kg

Max. takeoff weight

18,000 kg

Max. speed

1,500 km/h low-level flight

2,450 km/h / 2.3 mach in 11,000 m height

Supercruise

1,200 km/h

Service ceiling

18,000 m

Range

2,100 km with centerline tank

Armament

1 x gun GSch-30/1 gauge 30 mm,
6 x air-to-air guided missiles, bombs up to 2,000 kg

or unguided missiles

Crew

1

Maiden flight

6 October 1977