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A Mig-29B takes off

It is used as the IAF's prime air defence aircraft. It has an extremely potent airborne-interception radar and air-to-air missile combination. It gives the IAF a beyond-visual-range (BVR) reach with its advanced medium range air-to-air missiles.

Country of origin: USSR.

Year of induction in IAF: 1987

Type: Air superiority fighter.

Powerplant: Two Tumansky RD -33 turbofans of 8300 kg reheat thrust each.

Armament: One 30 mm cannon plus four R.60 close combat and four R.27R medium range radar guided missiles.

Maximum take off weight: 18,000 kg.

Maximum speed: 2445 kmph (1518 mph) at 11,000 m (36,100 ft) or Mach = 2.3.

Initial climb rate: 330 m/sec.

Maximum range: 2100 km.

Service ceiling: 17,000 m (55,775 ft).

A Mig-29B takes off with its RD-33 turbofans in reheat
Touching the sky........The IAF's Mig-29Bs in vertical climb
A Mig-29B streams brake parachutes on landing
A Mig-29B with 2 R.27R beyond-visual-range and 4 R.60 close combat missiles
Mig-29B planes line up at a fighter base