A columnist from the United States called the shortcomings of the MiG-29 fighter. Journalist and former U.S. Army officer Brent Eastwood noted that the attempt to upgrade the MiG-29 and correct the shortcomings deprived it of its advantage, which was maneuverability. He wrote about this in a material for 19FortyFive.
Eastwood noted that at the beginning of operation, the MiG-29 differed favorably from American fighters. In his opinion, the F-15 and F-16 were inferior to the Soviet aircraft in maneuverability. However, the disadvantages of the MiG-29 did not allow to realize its advantages.
The publication notes that the MiG-29 had insufficient flight range, and the lack of a rod did not allow to refuel the aircraft in the air. Also, the shortcomings of the aircraft include analog devices, which in American fighters gave way to displays. According to Eastwood, this prevented Soviet pilots from concentrating on air combat.
Most of the shortcomings of the fighter were corrected during the upgrade, but the heavier aircraft became slower than competitors. Eastwood notes that several Syrian MiG-29s were shot down during clashes with Israeli planes, and 15 Soviet-made fighters shot down American F-15s during Operation Desert Storm.
“Sure, it could have been due to poor piloting by Syrians and Iraqis, but it really showed weaknesses when it came to air combat,” Eastwood wrote.
The author summarizes that the MiG-29 is obsolete, and the modernized MiG-35 is of high cost. Therefore, in Russia, the MiG-29 gives way to Su-27 and Su-35 fighters.
In September, 19FortyFive wrote that the Su-57 fighter is inferior to American and Chinese competitors. The author of the publication suggested that the Russian aircraft is inconspicuous in comparison with the F-22, F-35 and J-20.
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