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Modernization of MiG-29 fighters to MiG-29M and MiG-29SMT provides aircraft avionics the su-27, however, the cost is extremely expensive, writes The National Interest.
“This is a problem for the MiG-29. Although it can achieve the same level of functionality as the su-27, the cost of upgrading to this level bring the cost of the aircraft to the price of the upgraded version of the su-27”, — says the American magazine.
The publication notes that the original MiG-29 was created in the Soviet Union as the fourth generation fighter designed for export, and offered reduced functions compared to the su-27. However, the high cost of modernization deprives the MiG-29 advantages over the su-27.
“When MiG-29 first came on the scene in the 1980-ies, it was conceived as a lightweight fighter, which can be purchased in large quantities at a lower price than the su-27, which were considered high-quality decision”, — writes the edition.
In may this year, the head of “United aircraft Corporation” Yury Slyusar announced that it has begun the state tests of the newest Russian fighter of the 4++ generation MiG-35. The tests, expected to take approximately two years. Production deliveries of aircraft to the troops scheduled by the end of 2019.
In April the General Director of aircraft Corporation “MiG” Ilya Tarasenko said that Russia supports transfer India technology underlying the MiG-35.
The MiG-35 is being developed on a significantly modified platform of the MiG-29. The aircraft, in particular, should get a radar “Zhuk-A” with an active phased antenna array. The MiG-35 is considered by developers as the transitional link to the aircraft of the fifth generation.
The cost of the MiG-29 is estimated at $ 40 million. About the same cost of a modern su-30. The price of a single su-35, in turn, could reach $ 80 million.
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