Report 014: MiG-29

After an unexpected long absence of reports, the report 014 it is here.
This report is purely focused in the new fighter now available in our hangar, the MiG-29.
However, instead of requesting the initial version of the aircraft and gradually adding more advanced versions with new reports, this time it was selected from start all the desired versions and then they were requested all at once. (The delay of this report was caused by the amount of variants requested)

Note: The following variants are listed roughly in chronological order.

The first one is the MiG-29 (early Product 9.12):

The MiG-29 is a 4th-generation jet fighter aircraft designed for an air superiority role. Developed to be a Land-based single-seat counter-air tactical fighter,it is very agile aircraft, with excellent instantaneous and sustained turn performance, high alpha capability, thus making it an effective weapon against other units.

-Role: Fighter
-Production Type: Mass Production

The early version can be distinguished by anti-spin ventral fins just below the tailplanes, those fins were removed in all other variants. Excluding the trainer version, this is the Mig-29 available with the lowest performance.

The MiG-29 (Product 9.12):

This one is a Late production model of the same 9.12, featuring a variety of technological and mobility improvements.

-Role: Fighter
-Production Type: Mass Production

Compared to the early production, this version features, improved avionics and several changes that increase the overall agility of the aircraft.

 Improved avionics
 Improved maneuverability
 Added flare Dispensers
 Anti-spin ventral fins removed

The MiG-29 (Product 9.13):

The 9.13 is an improved version over the 9.12 with upgraded avionics.

-Role: Fighter
-Production Type: Mass Production

The version 9.13 can be identified by the enlarged fuselage spine. More than a technological update, it also increased external weapons load allowing carrying more weapons per sortie.

 Improved avionics
 Increased weapons load

The MiG-29UB (Product 9.51):

The trainer version of the 9.12.

-Role: Combat trainer
-Production Type: Mass Production

Twin seat training model with lacking avionics compared to 9.12, it is only suited for training and not actual combat.

(Note: the real aircraft does not have radar installed, but in the game this aircraft has very low performance radar)

 No Radar

MiG-29S (Product 9.13S):

A prototype upgraded version of type 9.13.

-Role: Fighter
-Production Type: Prototype

Visually indistinguishable from the 9.13 this version offer a series of technological improvements compared to the previous one making it a fully-fledged air-superiority fighter.
However the flight performance is slightly lower compared to the 9.13 because of the additional weight of the avionics.

 Improved avionics
 Lower maneuverability

The MiG-29SM (Product 9.13M):

Similar to other 9.13, but with the ability to carry guided air-to-surface missiles and TV- and laser-guided bombs

-Role: Multi-role
-Production Type: Mass Production

A direct upgrade of MiG-29S, this is the first true Multi role version, allowing a wide range of weaponry including guided air-to ground ordinance. Like the S version it hasn’t any external feature to help distinguish from the others 9.13.

 Improved Radar
 Added the ability to use precision guided ground weapons

The MiG-29M (Product 9.15):

A revision of the basic MiG-29 with a more robust multi-role capability.

-Role: Multi-role
-Production Type: Prototype

The M variant marks a new evolution in the MiG-29 family, a genuinely multirole tactical fighter for control of upper airspace, ground attack and naval high-altitude precision weapons control. It includes a redesigned airframe, increased payload intended to be a replacement for basic MiG-29. The mechanical flight controls were replaced by a fly-by-wire system expanding the aircraft agility.

(Note: the MIG-29M is sometimes labeled as MiG-33, however this designation truly belongs to the MiG-29ME, the export version of the MiG-29M)

 Improved avionics
 Improved maneuverability

The MiG-29K (Product 9.31):

The carrier version of the MiG-29M.

-Role: Carrier Multi-role
-Production Type: Prototype

Based in the MiG-29M structure, developed to be ship-based, it can be identified by the arresting hook in the tail and the wide folding wings.

 Carrier takeoff capability
 Air refueling capability
 Lower stall speed

The MiG-29SMT (Product 9.17):

The MiG-29SMT is a generation 4+ fighter equipped with new targeting system, avionics and armament.

-Role: Multi-role
-Production Type: Mass Production

New version, based on original 9.12/9.13 airframe, and incorporating many of the improvements and capability enhancements planned for the MiG-29M, originally including gridded intakes and still including the dorsal airbrake. It can be easily distinguished by the refueling probe in the left side of the cockpit
Another thing to note is, the SMT version is currently is the most advanced version in mass production, and so advanced that it can rival the latest non-stealth fighters.

 Improved avionics
 Air refueling capability

The MiG-29OVT:

A MiG-29M version with 3D thrust vectoring nozzles.

-Role: Multi-role
-Production Type: Prototype

The nozzles installed on MIG-29OVT can move in any direction over the rear hemisphere at any range of engine operation, offering the aircraft astounding maneuverability. It retains the same multi-role capabilities of the M version, but the enhanced agility makes it especially suited for close dogfights.

 Greatly improved maneuverability

The MiG-35 (Product 9.61):

The MiG-35 is the definitive MiG-29 evolution

-Role: Multi-role
-Production Type: Prototype

Classified as a 4++ generation jet fighter, currently only in prototype stages it offers a vastly improved avionics and weapon systems making the MiG-35 an air superiority multi role fighter.

 Greatly improved avionics

With all these variants it’s easy to lose track of the characteristic of each version. To avoid any confusion let’s review the specs of all the versions:

(Note: This graph it is only a simplification of the characteristics of each aircraft)

A final note, within the list of brochures that arrived with the aircrafts it was found this:

It’s corrupted data, but appears to be another MiG-29 variant, maybe a future version, even more advanced than the MiG-35.
This can be something huge, or be just a raw concept or it can be nothing at all.

(tip: it’s a homage to Ace 3: electrosphere)

Multi-language system
This system allow in a clean and easy way to localize the game in any language.
It is currently in phase 1 of a three steps implementation and for now it only takes effect in menus.
The latter two phases will let the user to add custom fonts and will allow localizing all campaigns/battle scenarios. With this, it will be even possible to easily localize custom made content.
Also as default languages it will be available in English and Portuguese, to serve as examples.

  • Added Joystick/gamepad support and configuration in options
  • Added Multi-language system
  • Improved damage model

Now every unit has a type of armor (for example, wood, concrete, reactive armor) and each warhead has different effectiveness against it. So every weapon can be extremely effective against a type or armor but also be futile to other. A special attention has been given for every warhead to be both good and bad at something (in a realistic manner). After this changes, it is still possible for the user to create some warhead affected by armor types.

  • Added MiG-29 (early Product 9.12)
  • Added MiG-29 (Product 9.12)
  • Added MiG-29UB (Product 9.51)
  • Added MiG-29 (Product 9.13)
  • Added MiG-29S (Product 9.13S)
  • Added MiG-29SM (Product 9.13M)
  • Added MiG-29M (Product 9.15)
  • Added MiG-29K (Product 9.31)
  • Added MiG-29SMT (Product 9.17)
  • Added MiG-29OVT
  • MiG-35 (Product 9.61)

Stay tuned, more reports will follow.

5 Replies to “Report 014: MiG-29”

  1. I think there should be a minus instead of a plus for the Mig-29S. Not that it’s important anyway.

    Well, incredible works as always.

  2. I think there should be a minus instead of a plus for the Mig-29S. Not that it matter. ^^

    Well, incredible work, as always.

  3. Really impressive work! But I found that, that MiG-29 SMT on the picture marked as 9.17 is in real 9.19. Difference between 9.17 and 9.19 is the shape of that hump on the top of fuselage. In the 9.17 that hump is going through whole plane to the tail like in the 9.15, and its much bigger than that one in 9.15. There was also MiG-29SMT 9.18 – 9.12 fusuelage just with SMT avionics.



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