Russia delivered a batch of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 fighter plane to Syria on May 30, 2020, to counter the risk posed by Israel’s F-16 Fighting Falcons. The MiG-29 fighters, probably the most superior variations of the legendary jets, had been handed over to the Syrian Arab Air Force on the Hmeimim base in Lattakia.
“In the framework of military and technical cooperation between Russia and Syria, the Russian side handed over the second batch of advanced and modernized MiG-29 fighter jets to Syria, during a ceremony at Hmeimim base. As of June 1, 2020, Syrian pilots will begin to carry out missions on those planes in Syrian airspace,” Syrian news company SANA quoted a senior army officer as saying.
Russian news company Avia.Pro claimed that with the MiG-29s in its arsenal, Syrian forces shall be ready to tackle and even get the higher of Israel’s F-16 Fighting Falcons. According to Avia.Pro the MiG-29s provided to Syria have higher fight capabilities than the F-16s operated by Israel each of that are single-seater jets.
The report additionally added that whereas Syrian forces obtained a large enhance with the induction of MiG-29s, the nation is probably not ready to counter each weapon in Israel’s armoury but. However, the Russian-made fighters will pressure the enemy earlier than launching any assault on Syria.
MiG-29, a twin-engine supersonic fighter, is already in service with Russian Aerospace Forces, Indian Air Force (IAF), Uzbekistan Air and Air Defence Forces and Polish Air Force together with a number of different nations.
Designed and developed throughout the 1970s, the MiG-29’s main job was to tackle the risk posed by F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon of the United States of America and its allies. Over the final couple of a long time, the MiG-29 has been upgraded from its aerial fight function right into a potent multirole fighter.
Powered by two Klimov RD-33 turbofan engines, the MiG-29’s ferry vary is 1,500 kilometres and to 2,100 km with exterior tanks. The newest MiG-29s even have air-to-air refuelling probes.
With a most velocity of greater than Mach 2.25 (over 2700 km per hour) and a most takeoff weight of 18,000 kilogrammes, the MiG-29 can fly at a peak of 18 km. The fighter is armed with one inner 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 autocannon with 150 rounds with some variants carrying 100 rounds. The fighter, which has 7 hardpoints for missiles and bombs, can carry up to 4,000 kg of ammunition.
On the opposite hand, the F-16 Fighting Falcon has one engine however can also be a supersonic multirole fighter. The F-16, too, like MiG-29 was developed as an air superiority fighter however later upgraded right into a multirole jet. Apart from the United States of America, the most important nations working the F-16 are Pakistan, Israel, Turkey and Egypt.
the sooner model of F-16 had been powered by one General Electric F110-GE-129 afterburning turbofan whereas the extra superior veriants use Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 . The F-16’s most takeoff weight is 19,187 kg and the jet can attain a most velocity of Mach 2.05.
The fighter’s vary is 4,217 km with exterior gasoline drop tanks and its service ceiling is 18,000 km. The F-16 has 11 hardpoints for weapons together with a 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon with 511 rounds. Some variants have been modified to carry nuclear bombs too.