Great phototour to the active Russian air forces base.
How much does a Mig 29 cost these days?
Last year Russia sold some MiG-29s to Burma for 30 million USD each. I think production cost is something between 25 and 30 million per unit.
ugliest boots ever
doesn’t makes them less ugly because of that
Finally something that is not abandoned! Nice post!
Among the latest posts of the ER there were quite a few things / plants/ oraganizations that are not abandoned and function well, don´t you think so?
Great post. Being a museum junkie, I’ve had the chance to sit in several models of Soviet/Russian aircraft. Each time was a thrill. Even the photos of the various aircraft on the runways excite me. A fighter on its way up is what many of us old ground pounders would call a “game changer.”
damn.. why those flying junks has such a poor exterior finish., seriously wtf ?
Compared to western/US fighterjets that looks clean and smooth.
Have you seen upclose a western fighter? I mean one they use for real jobs and not for airshows?
These are old planes that fly when it was time to dump. New developments are classified and I do not think that they would be allowed to take pictures.
First off, most air forces possess regiments that are of lower priority and thus fly older machines and sometimes have less money to spend on the fancier kind of maintenance (such as repainintg). The MiG-29’s and Su-25’s in the photos are clearly rather old, pretty weathered and the whole situation is best compared with some of the US ANG regiments that have to settle with 2nd hand stuff (some of them flew 1950’s F-100 to F-105 until the 80’s, and were flying old F-15A until 2009 or so, for example).
Being older planes of a predominantly metal construction, they look less smooth overall than the most modern composite-skinned aircraft. You see this regardless of which country they are from, look at a F-14 up close.
At any rate, despite the fact that the RusAF is lightyears away from some western air forces in terms of overall spenditure, photos like these aren’t really representative for it. Check out stuff from top regiments like Engels or Kubinka and you’ll see.
I love Russian airfields they have that “rough” feeling to them. My wallpaper is a Su-27 it has very weathered look to the paint and the grass growing all over the field. It the best pic i have ever seen.
I don’t think the paint looks any worse than any operational fighter or heli I’ve seen as quality and upkeep goes, but that blue nose is ugly on a grey(gray) aircraft with red stars. The Su34 light blue camo paint job looks oh so much better (not pictured).
The new aircraft that frontline units are recieving as we speak are painted (as far as I know) in a grey splinter scheme. I have seen MiG-29M/M2/SMT’s with this scheme, and it’s also on the Su-35BM’s and the PAK-FA prototype.
The Su-34 will most likely retain its blue camo scheme, carrying on the Su-27 legacy. The new MiG-29K/KUBs that might replace or augment the Su-33’s in Navy service will probably be painted in an all gray or grayish blue scheme, as seen on various prototypes and Indian Navy aircraft.
The filled red/white star roundel on VVS fighters is probably going to be replaced by a simple red outline star (as seen on the PAK-FA), possibly with a low-viz variety in grey (western style), while army aviation gets a three-color star (red/blue/white). I can’t say I’m 100% sure of this, but that’s the way it seems at a first glance anyway.
In the long run, the entire Russian Air Force will be overhauled as doctrines are changing and spenditure increases. The quality over quantity-principle is gaining ground, and old point-defense fighters with limited capabilities and obsolete avionics and weapons like the old MiG-29’s pictured in these articles will eventually be replaced by modern multirole fighters. Of course this might very well lead to a sharp decline in the number of active regiments, as it has in most of the world. The “transformation”, if you will, is well underway already. The Soviet legacy is coming to an end.
can you tell me why these dielectric panels are blue on MiG-29? they are more often gray…
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