MiG-29SMT

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MiG-29SMT
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MiG-29SMT
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Description

By the turn of the millennium, the Russian VVS had fallen behind its adversaries again in terms of air power, due to the financial issues of post-Soviet Russia. With lack of funding resulting in the failure of the Mikoyan MFI and the MiG 1.44 program to produce a 5th generation frontline fighter to replace the MiG-29, a new aircraft was required to act as a counter to the latest F-16 variants and new Eurocanard fighters such as the Typhoon, Rafale, and Gripen. RSK MiG decided to restart development of their MiG-29SMT (9.17) from the mid-90s, and presented the idea of a MiG-29 modernized for the 21st century to the Russian government. With the cost savings of updating an older airframe being the main advantage, the development of the MiG-29SMT was greenlit, and the MiG-29SMT was heavily updated and upgraded into the 9.18 and 9.19 variants. To recoup some of the development costs, both variants were almost exclusively intended for export, with a special and slightly downgraded variant of the 9.19 created exclusively for the Russian VVS to save costs. The development of the 9.19 was finalized in 2006 with pre-production aircraft performing regular test flights and air-show demonstrations to attract foreign buyers. In the following years, the MiG-29SMT (9.19) would enter mass production where it would find homes with the Russian VVS, the Algerian Air Force, and the Syrian Arab Air Force.

The MiG-29SMT (9-19), introduced in Update "Sons of Attila", brings a new taste to a formidable beast that most top-rank pilots in War Thunder are familiar with. While the flight performance feels significantly worse than its predecessor, the MiG-29 (9.13), the new MiG-29SMT brings to the table a completely game-changing set of weaponry, including some of the best air-to-air missiles in the game such as the R-73 and R-27E family. This, combined with the upgraded avionics, radar, and upgraded assortment of guided ground ordnance for precision CAS, makes the MiG-29SMT a very dangerous and formidable aircraft in the top ranks of War Thunder.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 12 000 m2 347 km/h
Turn time22 s
Max altitude16 000 m
Engine2 х Klimov RD-33 series 3
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight46 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 12,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,261 2,216 16000 23.1 23.5 257.5 244.8 750
Upgraded 2,442 2,347 21.9 22.5 346.1 300.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,575 700 - 532 463 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 680 < 750 < 700 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Klimov RD-33 Series 3 2 11,670 kg 435 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 12m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 40m fuel
1,050 kg Afterburning low-bypass turbofan 13,081 kg 14,018 kg 15,192 kg 16,373 kg 20,979 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 12m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 40m fuel MGW
Stationary 3,920 kgf 6,816 kgf 1.04 0.97 0.90 0.83 0.65
Optimal 5,430 kgf
(1,575 km/h)
12,445 kgf
(1,575 km/h)
1.90 1.78 1.64 1.52 1.19

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear700 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 687 → 4 425 Sl icon.png
RB7 757 → 12 775 Sl icon.png
SB9 134 → 15 043 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications325 000 Rp icon.png
498 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training310 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 100 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 350 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 320 / 500 % Sl icon.png
256 / 256 / 256 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
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400 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
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Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
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Fuselage repair
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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G-suit
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
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Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
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UV-5-08
Research:
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Cost:
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Cover
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-27R
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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GSh_301_belt_pack
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Mods napalm fire bomb.png
ZB-500
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
OFAB-100
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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R-27T
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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B-8M1
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-250
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
R-73
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
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GSh_301_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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GSh_301_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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480 Ge icon.png
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B-13L
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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FAB-500
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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R-27ER
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow right 0.png
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R-27ET
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
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Kh-29T
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png
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KAB-500Kr
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
750 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs) Lead indicator
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Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-30-1 (30 mm)

The MiG-29SMT is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon, cheek-mounted (150 rpg) + 60 x countermeasures
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon + 60 x countermeasures + 56 x large calibre countermeasures

Compared to the basic MiG-29, the SMT is capable of mounting supplementary large calibre countermeasures for better self-protection.

Suspended armament

The MiG-29SMT can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Hardpoints MiG-29.png
100 kg OFAB-100 bombs 4 4 4 4
250 kg FAB-250M-54 bombs 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2
250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2
250 kg OFAB-250Sh bombs 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2
500 kg FAB-500M-54 bombs 1 1, 2 1, 2 1
500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs 1 1, 2 1, 2 1
500 kg FAB-500Sh bombs 1 1, 2 1, 2 1
500 kg KAB-500Kr-E bombs 1 1 1 1
ZB-500 incendiary bombs 1 1 1 1
S-8KO rockets 20 20 20 20
S-13OF rockets 5 5 5 5
Kh-29TD missiles 1 1
R-27R missiles 1 1
R-27T missiles 1 1
R-27ER missiles 1 1
R-27ET missiles 1 1
R-73 missiles 1 1 1 1 1 1
2,000 l drop tanks 1
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,500 kg
Default weapon presets
  • 1 x 2,000 l drop tank
  • 2 x R-73 missiles
  • 6 x R-73 missiles
  • 2 x R-27T missiles
  • 2 x R-27R missiles
  • 2 x R-27ET missiles
  • 2 x R-27ER missiles
  • 80 x S-8KO rockets
  • 20 x S-13OF rockets
  • 2 x Kh-29TD missiles
  • 16 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 8 x 250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 6 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (3,000 kg total)
  • 8 x 250 kg OFAB-250Sh bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 6 x 500 kg FAB-500Sh bombs (3,000 kg total)
  • 4 x 500 kg KAB-500Kr-E bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 4 x ZB-500 incendiary bombs

The MiG-29SMT's upgraded arsenal is one of its main selling points. The obsolete R-60M has been removed and replaced with the superior R-73, which Soviet pilots may have seen earlier on the Su-25T. The R-73 has a much better seeker with IRCCM, a higher overload, better range, and a thrust vectoring system for constant manoeuvring. When combined with the MiG-29SMT's helmet-mounted display, they are a deadly option for dogfights and help compensate for the decreased manoeuvrability of the airframe.

The R-27 missiles return, this time with a new offering in the R-27ET extended-range IR-guided variant. Although the R-27ER and R-27ET are both potent, the MiG-29SMT is still limited by the capacity of only two R-27s.

The ground attack arsenal sees several improvements. In terms of unguided weapons, the bomb loadout remains the same but the older S-24 HE rocket has been replaced with the podded S-13OF, which has somewhat less HE power but five times the capacity per pylon. The inner pylons can now mount TV-guided munitions in the form of the Kh-29TD (functionally identical to the Kh-29T seen on other Soviet jets) and the KAB-500Kr, which are nice to have in mixed battles for standoff attacks against SPAA. However, the capacity of only two such munitions is much lower than comparable American jets like the F-16C, which can not only carry three times as many air-to-ground missiles but also has a targeting pod and laser-guided bombs. Thus, while the MiG-29SMT is a useful multirole fighter, pilots shouldn't expect to be able to clear out an entire enemy team in one run.

Usage in battles

Air Combat

While the MiG-29SMT has reduced manoeuvrability from the added fuel tank compared to the MiG-29, it's still extremely strong in air combat.

When it comes to BVR, the MiG-29SMT dominates with the R-27ER missiles that have long range and acceptable overload, and its powerful radar that has a lot of special features and acceptable range. This, along with the new SPO-150 RWR that increases situational awareness by giving information about the exact vehicle that's pinging the MiG-29SMT, makes it perfect for BVR combat.

The MiG-29SMT is also strong in close-range engagements. It carries the R-73, which is an extremely effective heat-seeking missile with 40G overload and great range for its type. You'll want to use it in unpredictable ways where the enemy won't expect it to track reliably to avoid being flared away by using the missile's wide gimbal limits.

CAS (Close Air Support)/Ground Attack

The MiG-29SMT has amazing ground ordnance that allows it to take down ground targets reliably. The TV guided KAB-500Kr-E bombs are incredibly useful, enough to take down several tanks with ease when multiple bombs are dropped. And if you mix the TV guided bombs with the new and improved Kh-29TD air-to-ground missiles, it becomes the perfect aircraft to attack ground targets while remaining viable as a fighter.

You can also select traditional dumb bombs and rockets that, if used with precision, can be lethal to anything that crosses their path.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Incredibly versatile weapon systems; some of the best air-to-air missiles in-game
  • Very effective radar, IRST, and HMD targeting systems
  • Unlike its predecessor, it has an improved digital RWR that increases awareness.
  • Great upgrade in CAS capabilities over its predecessors
  • "Rita" voice warning system
  • Unlike its predecessor, it has massive improvement of fuel, which dramatically increases duration of flight

Cons:

  • Increased weight over previous variants; heavily downgraded manoeuvrability and acceleration
  • Bleeds energy dangerously fast during manoeuvres

History

After the dissolution of the USSR, the Russian Federation sought to find a replacement for its aging older Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters, to match the 4+ and 5th generation capability of its NATO adversaries. The original program for a frontline fighter replacement for the MiG-29, the Mikoyan 1.44, failed due to lack of funding in post-Soviet Russia. Eventually, the Russian Federation would settle for heavily upgrading their existing MiG-29s into 4+ generation standards as a stop-gap solution not only for them, but also for export customers. The resulting project built upon Mikoyan's older Project 9.17A, the original MiG-29SMT from 1996, upgrading it with 21st century avionics and equipment.

MiG-29SMT "02 Red" at Odintsovo, Russian Federation, circa 2009. This is the same aircraft that the default skin ingame is based on.

The "new" MiG-29SMT was split into two models, airframe numbers 9.18 and 9.19, and was developed throughout the early 2000s not only as Russia's new frontline fighter to replace the older MiG-29s, but also as a proper 4+ generation upgrade for export customers still using the older MiG-29A and MiG-29S, and as such was redesigned from the ground up. The new MiG-29SMT would incorporate a plethora of upgrades to differentiate it from all previous MiG-29s, and easily placing it on the same level of technological advancement as some other 4+ generation fighters. The MiG-29SMT, first and foremost, revamped the airframe and how it is controlled. The SMT received reinforced wings and fuel tanks to increase its range, and to account for the weight increase and changes in control, the aircraft features a hybrid control system of both mechanically linked hydraulics and fly-by-wire. The powerplant also included the option for uprated, higher thrust engines for export customers, as the Russian VVS opted out of this engine upgrade to keep unit costs down. One of the primary upgrades for the SMT was extending the poor range of previous MiG-29 variants. This was achieved by not only making the saddle fuel tank noticeably larger (giving the SMT its "hunchback" appearance), but by also adding a in-flight refueling probe on the portside of the nose, allowing for mid-air refueling. The 9.18 variant lacked the larger saddle tank to keep costs down and was marketed primarily for export to smaller countries where longer range was not a important factor. Yemen would be the only customer to purchase the 9.18.

MiG-29SMT "77 Green" demonstration at MAKS 2015

The MiG-29SMT also featured a full overhaul to its avionics suite, with the most important changes being the new Zhuk-M (N-010ME) radar, a modernized and heavily upgraded variant of the older N010 Zhuk originally intended for the Yak-141, specific variants of the Su-27, and the MiG-29M modernization program. The new radar and fire control system were also linked to a new, state-of-the-art "Glass-cockpit" design, where instrumentation was either digitalized, or kept at a minimum for the sake of incorporating Color Multi-function Displays in the cockpit, to streamline the pilot's workload. The new radar and fire control system also allowed the new MiG-29SMT to carry a upgraded arsenal of weaponry, namely the R-74 and R-77 missiles, while also expanding upon the aircraft's CAS capabilities with new ground ordnance such as the Kh-29TD, Kh-31, and KAB-500Kr. The MiG-29SMT's fire control system also included software giving it compatibility with laser ordnance if a laser targeting pod was equipped, and compatibility with some NATO ordnance and targeting systems, intended for export customers' use with mixed hardware.

The MiG-29SMT (9.19) would first take to the skies in 2006, with deliveries to the Russian VVS starting in the following years. The 9.19 would also be exported to multiple countries throughout the 2010s, primarily Algeria and Syria, where it would see decent success in active combat with the latter country in the ongoing civil war. The same could not be said about Algeria, who had opted for the aforementioned option of having upgraded engines, but ended up returning some of the aircraft due to the engines being defective, and acquiring Su-30 aircraft instead to replace the defective MiG-29SMTs.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau (Микоя́н и Гуре́вич Опытное конструкторское бюро)
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