RUSSIA ANNOUNCES THE CONCLUDED
SALES TALKS OF FIVE MIG 29 FIGHTER JETS TO SRI LANKA NAVY
By Walter Jayawardhana
Moscow s Russian Information Center announced that the State
Corporation for Russian Defence Export has concluded negotiations
to sell five Mig-29 fighter jets to Sri Lanka s Navy.
Believed to be used in the final assault on the Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the modern Russian aircraft is widely used
by the Russian and Indian Airforces.
Unlike the older versions of Migs Sri Lanka bought earlier the air
crafts are not only capable of carrying air to ground missiles but
also air to air missiles that could destroy enemy aircraft flying.
They could also do night flying.
Mig 29 s were originally developed to fight the powerful US
aircraft F16 Falcons and F/ A 18 Hornets of the United States airforce.
The Russian web site announced that the five Mig 29 jets belong to
varieties of the Mig 29. Four of them will be Mig 29 SMs which are
purely fighter jets and one will be Mig 29 UB which has both fighting
as well as training capabilities.
The five jet aircraft will broaden the capabilities of the Sri
Lanka navy military aircraft park that now consists of four modernized
MiG-27. The deal has been estimated at $US75 million. The website
The Russian website said before the state to state deal was concluded
Sri Lanka also held negotiations with India , Pakistan , and
China over new fighter jets purchasing, but the Russian proposal looked
The Mikoyan MiG-29 is a 4th generation jet fighter aircraft
designed for the air superiority role in the former Soviet Union.
Developed in the 1970s by the Mikoyan design bureau, it entered
service in 1983 and remains in use by the Russian Air Force as well
as in many other nations. NATOs reporting name for the MiG-29
is "Fulcrum", which was unofficially used by Soviet pilots
The MiG-29S also has a limited ground-attack capability with unguided
munitions, but in order to transform the MiG-29 into a true multi-role
fighter, MAPO designed the MiG-29SM variant with the improved avionics
necessary to carry and employ precision-guided weapons. The 'SE/SD/SM'
improvements in the MiG-29S, combined with the development money made
available for the naval MiG-29K, gave MAPO the incentive to forge
ahead with the multirole MiG-29M (a.k.a MiG-33) "Super Fulcrum".
Flight performance of the MiG-29S is but slightly reduced compared
to the original MiG-29 due to the weight of the additional fuel and
avionics. Only 48 MiG-29S airframes were produced for the Russian
VVS before funding was cut. Of this number, it is unknown how many
are the standard air-superiority 'S' version and how many are the
multi-role 'SM' version.
MiG-29SM "Fulcrum-C" (Product 9.13M) is Similar to the 9.13,
but with the ability to carry guided air to surface missiles and TV-
and laser guided bombs.
MiG-29KUB "Fulcrum-D" (Product 9.47) is Identical in characteristics
to the MiG-29K but with tandem twin seat configuration. The design
is to serve as trainer for MiG-29K pilot and is full combat capable.
The first MiG-29KUB developed for the Indian Navy made its maiden
flight at the Russian Zhukovsky aircraft test centre on January 22