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MiG-29K fighter from Russian Navy deployed for the first time in Arctic

The Russian Navy Northern Fleet has reported on March 12, 2021, the crews of MiG-29K naval aviation aircraft have gone on experimental combat duty on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic for the first time.


The Russian Navy Northern Fleet has reported on March 12, 2021, the crews of MiG-29K naval aviation aircraft have gone on experimental combat duty on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic for the first time.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 MiG-29K naval fighter aircraft of Russian Navy. (Picture source topwar.ru)


The MiG-31BM fighters based at the Northern Fleet’s Rogachyovo airfield have been replaced by MiG-29K fighter aircraft s of the 100th shipborne aviation regiment of the Northern Fleet’s Air Force and Air Defense Army, according to a Russian Navy statement.

The 100th shipborne aviation regiment is outfitted with generation 4+ MiG-29K fighters. The regiment’s pilots participated in the long-distance deployment of the Northern Fleet’s carrier group in the Mediterranean Sea led by Russia’s heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov.

The 100th Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment is a naval aviation regiment and a part of the Russian Navy's Naval Aviation. The regiment is equipped with Su-27 and MiG-29 fighter aircraft, L-39 jet trainer, and Su-25 close air support aircraft.

The MiG-29K NATO code-named Fulcrum-D) is a Russian all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft developed by the Russian company Mikoyan Design Bureau. The aircraft was developed in the late 1980s based on the MiG-29M.

The MiG-29K is modified using a reinforced airframe and undercarriage to withstand the stress experienced upon landing. Folding wings, an arrest hook, and catapult attachments were added for carrier operations.

The MiG-29K is armed with one GSh-30-1 30 mm cannon in the port wing root. It can be fitted with laser-guided and electro-optical bombs, as well as air-to-surface missiles like Kh-25ML/25MP, Kh-29T, Kh-31G/31A anti-ship missile, Kh-35U anti-ship missile, and rockets. A-31P passive radar seeker missiles are used as anti-radiation missiles. It can be also armed with air-to-air missiles like the RVV-AE, R-27ER/ET, and R-73E.