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|Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum|
The MiG-29 Fulcrum
was designed as a progressive model replacement for the air-superiority variants of the MiG-23 Flogger and the remaining MiG-21 Fishbed fighters. The designing of the Fulcrum began in secret during 1969, when the Soviet Air Force announced to the General Staff its formal "statement of requirements" for a new more powerful fighter, one that would challenge the best of the US Fighters. The MiG-29 first entered into service in 1985 with the Soviet Tactical Air Force (VVS) service. The MiG-29 is marketed as a "superfighter", providing a state of the art machine with modern armament, superb aerodynamics, easy operations, and high reliability.
Numerous upgrades and diffirent versions of the MiG-29 have been developed, including the MiG-29M and MiG-29ME specifically designed for export to other countries in the former Eastern block, Northern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East. The K version of the MiG-29, however was the solely Naval version developed but it eventually was replaced by the Sukhoi SU-27 which proved itself to be superior as a Naval Fighter. Although the MiG-29 is surpassed by its American counterparts in the area of avionics, the Fulcrum has greater manouverability and weapons sight due to the MiG's helmet-mounted system that allows the missile to follow the line of sight of the pilot's helmet. Today the MiG-29 is marketed as a "superfighter", providing a state of the art machine with modern armament, superb aerodynamics, easy operations, and high reliability.
The MiG-29 bore the burden of the main fighter of the Anti Unification Alliance because there was only a small absolute number of VFs in the Unification War.
Vehicle Type: MIG-29 Fulcrum
Class: Air Superiority Fighter
Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich/Russian Aircraft Corporation
Crew: One Pilot wearing Tactical Life Support System
MIG-29B: First manufactured land based single seater version.
MIG-29UB: Combat dedicated dual-seat trainer without radar.
MIG-29SD: Avionics upgrades
MIG-29S: Further avionics and radar upgrades
MIG-29SE: Multi-role light-weight export version
MIG-29TVK: Carrier trainer
MIG-29K: Carrier based version
MIG-29M/ME: Upgraded flight systems, weapon controls
MDC BY LOCATION:
Engines 100 each
(1) Main Body 180
Cockpit Section 120
Wings 75 each
Tails 40 each
Drop Tanks 50 each
- (1) Destruction of the main body will shut the unit down completely.
- FLYING, FIGHTER CONFIGURATION:
- Mach 1.25 (1,500 kmph) up to 10,000 m. Max 2.25 (2,400 kmph) up to 18,000 m.
- MAX ENGINE THRUST:
- 19,400 lbs x2 from engines.
- 4.73 m
- 11.4 m
- 17.37 m
- Loaded Weight: 15,300 kg
- Max Takeoff Weight: 20,000 kg
- OPERATIONAL RANGE:
- 1,430 km (2,100 km ferry range with external drop tanks)
- MAX DESIGN G-LOAD:
- +9 G
- Small compartment behind pilots seat for personal belongings.
- POWER PLANT:
- Two Klimov/Sarkisov RD-33K Turbofan engines with afterburners giving 19,400 lbs of static thrust per engine.
- GRYAZEV/SHIPUNOV GSh-30-1 (9A-4071K) 30MM INTERNAL GUN SYSTEM:
Internally mounted within the Fulcrum is a 30mm Cannon capable of firing at a rate of 1500 to 1800 rounds per minute, (25 to 30 rounds per second.) Fitted within the MiG-29 it is only capable of firing at targets directly in front of the fighter.
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Anti-Aircraft
- SECONDARY PURPOSE: Ground Assault
- RANGE: 1,800 m
- DAMAGE: 3D6 M.D. per single blast (25 rounds), 1D6x10 per long blast (50 rounds)
- RATE OF FIRE: Equal to the pilot's combined number of attacks.
- PAYLOAD: 150 rounds
- WING HARD POINTS (8):
The MiG-29 Fulcrum has eight underwing hardpoints that utilize the BD3-UMK2B pylons and the APU-470, APU-73-1D, and APU-68-85E launching devices.
Refer to Missile FCS 00 for details.
1 per hardpoint:
- R-27 [AA-10] Alamo
- R-60 [AA-8] Aphid
- R-73 [AA-11] Archer
- External Fuel Tank: the tanks are used to extend the cruising range, and are dropped when the vehicle enters combat.
- SO-69 type K-11E ECM JAMMER
Used to defeat hostile radar, the ECM, (Electronic Counter Measures,) jammer will confuse all radar so that the fighter can not be detected or locked onto with radar guided weapons. This does not give away the position of the fighter but it does let the enemy know that they are there. The only way that it can be defeated is with ECCM, (Electronic Counter-Counter Measures.)
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Block Enemy Radar
- RANGE: 30 miles
- RULES: Confuses all radar within 30 miles, but can be defeated by ECCM, if the ECCM operator gets a higher Sensory Instruments percentage roll against the ECM operator.
- BVP-30-26M CHAFF/FLARE DECOY DISPENSORS:
Located in the rear middle section of the Fulcrum's fuselage are the counter-measures dispensors. Triggered by the pilot they will release either a chaff cloud or single flare depending on what the pilot chooses. They are used to confuse enemy missiles attacking the Tomcat. Smart missiles get a 20% bonus when rolling on the below chart.
01-50 Missile/s detonated by Chaff/Flare
51-75 Missile/s loses track of target and veers away in wrong direction, (may lock onto another target)
76-00 No effect, missile is still on target
- Payload: 30 of each type
STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE MIKOYAN GUREVICH MIG-29 FULCRUM:
- AUTO-PILOT: (SAU-451-04 automatic control system & E502-20/04 airborne guidance system) The MiG-29 is equipped with a computerized auto-pilot, allowing the pilot to relax or even sleep during long voyages. The auto-pilot can be programmed with a single destination or a complex flight plan involving multiple speeds, directions, and destinations. The onboard computer will alert the pilot when the fighter is near its destination, and can also be set to automatically signal when sensors detect objects near the fighter.
- COMBAT COMPUTER W/HUD DISPLAYS: (ALMAZ-UP information reporting system & Ts100.02-02 digitial computer) The MIG-29 Fulcrum is equipped with a Phazotron Research and Production Company N-019M "TOPAZ" radar and S-31E2 "optical / electronic aiming and navigation complex which features an infrared search and track sensor; a laser rangefinder; and a helmet-mounted target designator.
- EJECTOR SEATS/HOMING SIGNAL: The pilot's seats are ejection seats designed to eject the pilot in the event of a catastrophe. They must be manually operated to fire. The pilot carries a homing devices within a small radio within their flightsuit in the event of them having to ditch. These radio/homing signals have a range of 100 miles.
- LASER TARGETING SYSTEM: Range: 100 miles (160 km).
- OPTICS: CAMERA: Range: 30 miles (48 km). A Television Camera Set (TCS) is used for visual target identification at long ranges. The TCS is a high resolution closed circuit television system. The selected FOV is displayed in the cockpit and can be recorded by the Cockpit Television System. It is used for both reconnaisance, and to assist in target aquisition in air to ground attacks.
- OPTICS: INFRARED: Range: 11.25 miles (18 km). IRST (optical locator laser station: OEPrNK-29-E2) with Helmet Mounted Sight (helmet-mounted target designation system: SHLEM)
- OPTICS: NIGHTVISION: Range: 2000 feet (610 m).
- IN-FLIGHT REFUEL: The Fulcrum is fully capable of refueling in mid-air due to a forward mounted in-air refuel nozzle which allows the fighter to refuel and thus extend its operational range. The MiG-29 can fully refuel all of its internal tanks, and external tanks as well through this method.
- ARRESTOR HOOK: The MiG-29K version of the Fulcrum is equipped with an arrestor hook to permit it to land on Aircraft Carriers.
- COUNTER-MEASURES: The Fulcrum is equipped with chaff and flare decoy dispensers, as well as an ECM jammer linked into the Radar Reciever Warning system. (See under Weapon Systems for details.)
- RADAR: Phazotron Zhuk N-019M "TOPAZ" Radar with a range of 155 miles (245 km).
- RADIO COMMUNICATION: (R-862 radio & A-611 marker radio receiver) Long range, directional communications system with satellite relay capabilities. Range: 600 miles (960 km) or can be boosted indefinitely via satellite relay.
- STANDARD SURVIVAL KIT: The pilots flightsuit comes equipped with a portable survival equipment. The equipment includes a small waterproof radio/homing signal, a medium-sized flashlight, two hand flares, one rocket flare, a compass, infrared distancing binoculars, a small mirror, a pocket knife, dehydrated and concentrated food (can be stretched into a five day supply for one person) and basic first aid items (aspirin, bandages, disinfectants, etc.)
- TACTICAL LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM: The Fulcrums cockpit features pressurized air feeds to the pilots flight suit that provides them with pressurized breathing. The flight suit also promotes blood circulation even during high-g turns, thus decreasing the possibility of the pilot blacking out in combat.
COMBAT BONUSES FOR MIKOYAN GUREVICH MIG-29 FULCRUM TRAINING:
BASIC FIGHTER COMBAT TRAINING
Basic training for non-pilot military personnel.
1 attack per melee (plus those of the pilot).
Add one additional action/attack at levels three, nine, and fifteen.
+1 to strike.
+1 to dodge.
+1 to roll with a punch or fall with an impact, reducing damage by half.
Critical strike same as pilot's hand-to-hand.
ADVANCED MIG-29 FULCRUM COMBAT TRAINING
Advanced training for military pilots.
2 attacks per melee (plus those of the pilot).
Add one additional action/attack at levels three, six, eleven, and fifteen.
+2 to strike
+6 to dodge
+2 to roll with a punch or fall with an impact, reducing damage by half.
Critical strike same as pilot's hand-to-hand.
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