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Cockpit View: MIG-29 combat drills captured on GoPro

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This video by RT shows MiG-29 combat drills captured on a GoPro from the cockpit. This piece of documentation was released by the Russian Ministry of Defense. It shows an aircraft engaged in a mock dogfight with a second plane.

The MiG-29 is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed and developed in the Soviet Union by the Mikoyan Design Bureau as an air superiority fighter. Mikoyan is a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). During the 1970s, the MiG-29, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, was created to challenge new American fighters, such as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. The MiG-29 was brought into the Soviet Air Force in 1982.

Originally, the MiG-29 was built to combat any enemy aircraft, but has since been updated to include multi-role fighter capability. This means that the MiG-29 can execute a number of operations at the same time. It is also commonly outfitted to use a range of air-to-surface armaments and precision munitions. The cockpit is fitted with a conventional center stick and left-hand throttle controls. The pilot’s chair is a Zvezda K-36DM ejection seat, which is great for emergency escapes.

Several major variants of the MiG-29 have been manufactured, such as the multirole Mikoyan MiG-29M and the navalised Mikoyan MiG-29K. Later models feature considerably increased fuel capacity, improved engines, flight controls compatible with Hands On Throttle-And-Stick (HOTAS), glass cockpits, and modern radar and infra-red search and track (IRST) sensors.

Since the Soviet Union was dissolved, former Soviet republics, such as the Russian Air Force, have continued the use of the MiG-29. The MiG-29 is also known for being an export aircraft. To date, more than 30 nations either operate or have operated the aircraft. The first prototype of the MiG-29 is on display at the Central Air Force Museum in Monino, Russia.

 

 

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