domingo, 9 de octubre de 2016

MiG-29 sirio con misil R-77

Esta foto acaba de aparecer en twitter. Detrás del piloto entrevistado hay un Mig-29 y en el pilón se puede ver un misil R-77. La imágen es significativa porque confirma la modernización recibida hace algún tiempo. Los MiG-29 no han sido tan utilizados como los MiG-21/23 o Su-22. Son los aviones más modernos y con una capacidad aire-aire moderna. Es probable que la Fuerza Aérea no quiera arriesgarse a perderlos.


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5 comentarios:

  1. Ya hay hace un tiempo rumores que Rusia había modernizado por lo menos algunos MiG-29 sirios a un estándar similar al SMT. Esa foto parece darle credibilidad.

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  2. Hace 6 meses eran 8 los modernizados a un estándar llamado SM, ahora serán probablemente alguno más.
    Se dice que se modernizan desde hace varios años en unas instalaciones de la B.A. de Mezzeh, con asistencia de MiG.
    Que salga la foto justamente ahora no es ninguna casualidad.

    Salu2

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  3. Según fuentes francesas fueron modernizados en septiembre de 2015, ver segundo enlace. Saludos.

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  4. El artículo de Air&Cosmos no dice que los trabajos empezaran en Septiembre 2015, sino que se aceleraron a partir de esa fecha.

    La modernización a SM se inició en 2011 y ha progresado a ritmo lento hasta Septiembre 2015.

    De Jane´s, 11 Junio 2014:
    "Documents released by RAC MiG have revealed some details about the upgrade of Syria’s MiG-29 multirole fighters.
    The company’s 2011 annual report stated that four MiG-29s had been upgraded to the MiG-29SM standard for Syria. The report was taken down and later republished with the reference to Syria removed, emphasising the sensitive nature of the deal. The original version of the report also revealed that RAC MiG had opened an office near Mezze Airbase in Damascus.
    The number of MiG-29s acquired by Syria still remains a mystery with estimates ranging between 84 and 22. What is known is that there are one or two operational MiG-29 squadrons at the Sayqal Airbase and possibly more MiG-29s operating from Tiyas Airbase."

    De Oryx Blog, 15 Enero 2015:
    "Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG continues to actively fulfill its contractual agreements with Syria (designated as customer 760). August 2010 saw the delivery of four flight simulators of an unknown type under contract number '776041110116'. In a secret agreement fulfilled in 2011 four SyAAF MiG-29B were upgraded to MiG-29SM standard, adding to Syria's airborne ground attack capabilities. As the MiG-29B uses the 9-12 airframe which differs from the MiG-29SM's 9-13M airframe, Mikoyan developed a special variant (likely lacking the Gardenia jammer) to suit Syria's needs, as it did for India with the MiG-29UPG.
    The development of this variant cost a total of 531,1 million Russian rubles, as opposed to the 925,7 million rubles used for developing the MiG-29UPG. Mikoyan's 2011 report containing information about the upgrade was taken down and later re-uploaded with the information about the recipient of this deal, Syria, removed, emphasising the secretive nature of the deal.
    The MiG-29SM features many improvements over the MiG-29B, such as an upgraded N-019ME radar, the capability to carry a larger payload and many more smaller upgrades to cockpit displays and navigational and communication systems. Arguably the most important upgrade, considering the MiG-29's current use in Syria, comes in the form of an expanded arsenal of air-to-ground weaponry, such as the Kh-29T(E), Kh-31A/P missiles and KAB-500-Kr/OD guided bombs. Delivery of these weapons was included in the MiG-29SM contract.
    Lastly it enables the aircraft to carry the dreaded R-77 (AA-12 'Adder') air-to-air missile, which poses a considerable threat to foreign aircraft intervening in the conflict. MiG-29s have already been spotted in Syria carrying the AKU-170E launch rails used to carry this missile, as seen in the image below."

    A 1 Febrero 2016 ya eran 9 los MiG-29 modernizados a SM, a día de hoy posiblemente sean más de una docena.

    https://twitter.com/ejmalrai/status/693983146891702273

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  5. Gracias por la completa información, Bruno. Parece que la modernización de los MiG-29 sirios es más parecida a los SMP peruanos que a los UPG indios o SMT rusos, pues mantiene el radar N019 (mejorándolo, óbviamente), y no lo reemplaza por el N001 Zhuk que es muy superior.

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