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No. 9552. Mikoyan MiG-29SMT ("917") "Fulcrum-F" Russian Air Force
Photograph from Mikoyan

Mikoyan MiG-29SMT

12/31/2009. At the Paris air show in June 1997 MAPO-MiG revealed an extensive midlife upgrade available for aircraft of earlier MiG-29 versions. The most extensive modification was the increase of internal fuel capacity by 2,116 lb (960 kg), or about 260 gal (1,182 l) and adding a conformal large spine.

Further elements in the upgrade were avionic: the cockpit instrument panel was replaced by a new one with two large multifunction color displays, together with two smaller displays plus standby miniature instruments in the centre. A further upgrade was to add a ground-mapping mode to the radar.

Created December 31, 2009