Overview: Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum
Introducing the Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum, a twin-engined fighter jet aircraft designed by the Soviet Union. First flown in 1977 and later introduced in 1982, the MiG-29 has become an iconic fighter jet that is still in service today. Alongside numerous upgrades for varying requirements, the Fulcrum has been adopted by many countries including Russia, Poland, Slovakia and even the United States, where private contractor ‘Air USA’ use the MiG-29 for adversary training services.
Throughout its years of service, there have been many upgrades to the MiG including service life extensions allowing it to fly up to 4,000 flight hours, extra safety enhancements, greater combat capabilities and reliability. All this has lead to the classification of newer, upgraded MiG-29s to ‘generation 4++ multirole fighters’ which still serve an important role alongside modern ‘generation 5’ fighter jets.