Mikoyan MiG-29 ub
Due to its performance and handling characteristics, the MiG-29 clearly needed a two-seat conversion trainer variant. The extra weight of the second cockpit and the reduction of internal fuel tankage made it operationally limited, so the N-019 radar was deleted. Instead, the MiG-29UB (OKB designation 9-51) trainer has a sophisticated weapon system and emergencies simulator, allowing the instructor to generate appropriate HUD and radar scope symbology in the front cockpit.
* Crew: 2
* Length: 17.3 m (57.76 ft)
* Wingspan: 11.99 m (39.34 ft)
* Height: 4.40 m (14.44 ft)
* Wing area: 43 m² (462 ft²)
* Loaded weight: 18,550 kg (40,900 lb)
* Max takeoff weight: 24,500 kg (54,000 lb)
* Powerplant: 2× Klimov RD-33MK afterburning turbofans, 9,000 kgf (88.3 kN, 19,800 lbf) each
* Maximum speed: Mach 2+ (2,200 km/h, 1,370 mph) / At low altitude: Mach 1.2 (1,400 km/h, 870 mph)
* Ferry range: 2,000 km (1,240 mi) / 3,000 km (1,860 mi) with 3 drop tanks
* Service ceiling: 17,500 m (57,400 ft)
* Rate of climb: initial 330 m/s, average 109 m/s 0-6000 m (65,000 ft/min)
* Wing loading: 442 kg/m² (90.5 lb/ft²)
* Thrust/weight: 0.97
* 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 100 rounds
* 9 hardpoints: 8 x under-wing, 1 x centerline for up to 5,500 kg (12,125 lb) of weapons and fuel tanks including
Air to air missiles
Eight air-to-air missiles — a mix of infrared homing, semi-active radar homing (SARH) and Active radar homing.
* AA-11 "Archer" infrared-guided short range AAM
* AA-10 "Alamo" semi-active radar homing medium range AAM, Infrared homing medium range AAM,
* AA-12 "Adder" active radar homing medium range AAM
Air to surface missiles
* Kh-25ML semi-active laser guidance with tandem warhead,
* Kh-29T TV-guided air-to-surface missile,
* Kh-35U long-range active radar air-to-surface missile
* Kh-25MP modular anti-radiation variant,
* Kh-31P passive seeker Anti-radiation missile (ARM)
* Kh-31A medium range sea-skimming Anti ship missile,
* Kh-35 long-range active radar homing head Anti ship missile
* FAB 500-M62 General-purpose bomb,
* FAB-1000, (1,500 kg / 3,300 lb),
* KAB-500KR electro-optical TV-guided fire and forget bomb
* Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or
* Electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod or
* Targeting pods or
* Drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time or
* UPAZ refueling unit for aerial refueling system (ARS).
* Zhuk -ME radar
* Infrared search and track system
* SPO-15 Beryoza RWR (Radar warning receiver)
To minimize drag, the rear seat is not raised significantly. It was felt that an unobstructed view forward for the instructor was not a priority, with a small retractable periscope making up the deficiency.
The relatively low ratio of two-seat trainers delivered can be explained by the ease of conversion to the MiG-29 from other Soviet Bloc fighters, and by the practice of converting aircrew from customer nations in the Soviet Unit itself. Most operators have a few two-seat aircraft, usually assigned to front-line units.
MiG-29UB-12 (Product 9.51)
Twin seat training model. Infra-red sensor mounted only, no radar. NATO reporting code is "Fulcrum-B".