Russia’s Mig-29SMT May Soon Be Getting Some New Weapons

    Dave Majumdar

    Security, Europe

    Any guess where they will test them out? 

    Russia expects to test new weapons onboard its upgraded Mikoyan Mig-29SMT Fulcrum aircraft in Syria. The lessons learned from operations in Syria will be used to continue development of the MiG-35 Fulcrum-F and other new MiGs.

    “The program of developing MiG-29SMT planes will be continued, including for the purpose of checking effective destruction by new and promising armament systems,” Sergei Korotkov, chief designer for United Aircraft Corporation—MiG’s parent company—told the Russian TASS news agency. “The experience gained in Syria will be taken into account during the operation of these aircraft, and will also be introduced as part of the work to develop new MiG aviation platforms, including the MiG-35.”

    Russian MiG-29SMT fighters have been operating out of the Hmeymim air base in Syria since this past September. Thus far, the MiG-29SMTs have flown more than 140 sorties flying both by themselves and in mixed strike packages with the larger and much more capable Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E fighters and Su-34 Fullback bombers. The Fulcrums also escort Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire strategic missile bomber during their strike missions inside Syria.

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