Is MiG-21 SMT good?

When it comes to raw straight-line speed, the MiG-21SMT can get to its top speed much faster than its contemporary fighters at any altitude. In fact, speed should always be monitored, as it can easily reach its relatively high wing speed limit of ~1300 km/h indicated airspeed (IAS), even at level flight.

What does MiG stand for in aircraft?

Mikoyan and Gurevich
Mikoyan and Gurevich (MiG) aircraft. Fighters, interceptors.

How far can a MiG-29 fly?

Currently, the MiG-29 reaches a guaranteed 17km during MiG-29 High Altitude Flights. Often it gets considerably higher, to 18 or 19km. It used to be 20km+. The lower altitude is due to the speed limitations of Mach 1.7, which used to be Mach 1.9.

What is MiG-29 SMT?

MiG-29SMT is an improved version of the MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft, designed and produced by Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG), which is a part of JSC United Aircraft Corporation. MiG-29 SMT is an improved version of the MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft.

What is the difference between the SMT and the MiG-21?

The SMT variant of the MiG-21 contained more fuel tanks in the spine of the aircraft, which resulted in the aircraft being hard to fly as a result of the enlarged spine. The fuel tank however, did give the aircraft an increased range of up to 250 km (155 mi). The SMT variant also had an electronic countermeasures capability.

When did the MiG-29SMT take its first flight?

The MiG-29SMT prototype took its first flight in April 1998. The Indian Air Force (IAF) upgraded 69 of its MiG-29 jets to the MiG-29UPG standard. MiG-29SMT is an improved version of the MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft, designed and produced by Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG), which is a part of JSC United Aircraft Corporation.

Why did the Soviet Union upgrade the MiG-29?

Later MiG-29s were upgraded to improve their capabilities. The Soviet Union exported MiG-29s to several countries. Because 4th-generation fighter jets require the pilots to have extensive training, air-defense infrastructure, and constant maintenance and upgrades, MiG-29s have had mixed operational history with different air forces.