The MiG-29SMT multi-role jet fighter will arrive at the top of the line in the Soviet research tree. This highly advanced combat aircraft will appear in the next major update, “Sons of Attila”!
MiG-29SMT, jet fighter, USSR, rank VIII
- Excellent performance.
- Advanced air-to-air missiles.
- Voice informer.
- Lacks thermal vision.
The MiG-29SMT jet fighter was a further development over the standard MiG-29 model during a series of modernizations, with the aim to transform the aircraft into a multi-role fighter that would be capable of using a wide range of modern guided weapons. During these modernizations, the MiG-29 received larger fuel tanks, improved radar and the ability to use high-precision air-to-surface weapons. Inside the cockpit, multi functional displays, a HUD, and other modern avionics were integrated. Tests of the first MiG-29SMT that were converted under the new program were completed in 1998, but due to a lack of funding, serial production did not start. The program returned in the early 2000s, when a batch of MiG-29SMTs produced for Algeria were returned by the customer. The Russian Government bought the returned aircraft from the MiG Corporation, which began to be delivered to the Russian Air Force in 2009.
The new top of the line jet in the Soviet aviation research tree will please pilots with its advanced avionics, great missiles for air combat, and excellent flying capabilities. In the “Sons of Attila” major update, the MiG-29SMT will also be one of the first aircraft to feature a voice informer, known as “Rita”! Let’s take a look at the details.
The MiG-29SMT will certainly be a formidable force to fight with and against, as its capability in air and ground battles is superb. This variant does not have a separate sighting system for launching air-to-surface guided weapons, but does offer two new types of weaponry. These are the KAB-500Kr-E bombs, which have a television seeker that operate on the 'fire and forget' principle, as well as the Kh-29TD rockets that have a launch range of 35 km! Alongside this, you’ll be able to take traditional bombs, parachute retarded bombs, or incendiary bombs, as well as small, medium, S-8 and S-130 rockets into battle. Unguided weapons on the MiG-29SMT will be easy to use, thanks to markers from the ballistic computer, which precisely indicates where to release. Having said this, the MiG-29SMT lacks a thermal imager, which does make its CAS potential in ground battles a little lackluster comparatively.
However, the main purpose of the MiG-29SMT is: aerial combat! The maximum speed of this aircraft is about Mach 2, combined with a great climb rate and impressive maneuverability, making this a remarkable plane to fly. The air-to-air missiles on the MiG-29SMT are capable of being used at medium and beyond-visual ranges. Therefore, compared to the regular MiG-29 the R-60M is not available, but in its place is the formidable R-73. In addition, the MiG-29SMT can carry the R-27T, R-27R, R-27ER and also the R-27ET, which has a lock range in all aspect of 4.8km and a speed of 5.8 M. At gunfighting ranges, the MiG-29SMT also comes equipped with a GSh-30-1 30 mm cannon.
The MiG-29SMT will appear in War Thunder, very soon — as part of the “Sons of Attila” major update! That’s all for now, be sure to follow the rest of our dev blogs, where we’ll be showing more cool additions in the next update!