Aviation Photo #2248793 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29M (9-61S) - Untitled

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Registration no longer carried. I don't really think this plane belongs to Syrian Air Force but many sources say about it. And also I can't totally agree with modification of this bird - look there are hinges at the centre of a wings. Folding wing should have carrier-based version. Also note reinforced landing gear - for carrier landing. But there is no arrestor hook... Strange plane. Also you can see some extra targeting equipment under engines. All suggestions are welcome. [5D mkII + EF 600 + 1.4]
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    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29M (9-61S)
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    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29
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    Ramenskoye (Zhukovsky)
    March 2013
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4 years ago
Outstanding picture. My wallpaper for the next week, month, year?
4 years ago
Stunning photograph, the resolution and clarity are beyond belief and the plain blue background keeps the Fulcrum as the subject. Strange plane I agree, perhaps the sensors/avionics bays below the nacelles house RF detectors for use with anti-radiation missiles...
4 years ago
Maybe Peru or Venezuela? Lately this country has been looking for a next generation fighter to replace their aging fleet...excellent work my friend the details are perfect awesome shot!
4 years ago
Great plane, no questions!!
4 years ago
Superbly crisp shot with extraordinary detail. Just a guess, but this looks like a naval version (flaps on LEX, wing hinges, gear---can't see if hook is there) but given targeting gear, 2-seater this might be a testbed.
4 years ago
It's a MiG-35!!
4 years ago
I believe the "new generation" MiG-29M2 (the version unveiled in 2012) is adapted largely from the MiG-29K/KUB, including the larger area wing, high-lift devices, rugged landing gear etc. In place of the arrestor hook they put a braking parachute. Both aircraft are constructed with identical wings (incl hinges) because the weight penalty is not significant enough to justify a whole new production line for wings without hinges. Dassault did a similar (but opposite) thing with the Rafale M, which shares the non-folding wings of the land-based versions because the projected production numbers for the naval variant were too low to justify a new wing.

It has been developed in versions with and without a refueling probe, so it makes sense that Syria would select the version without probe, given that they have no aerial refueling assets.

Great shot, by the way. -Angad S
4 years ago
Serbian. Till the end of 2013 Serbia is going to get 6 MIG-29M/M2. 6 more in 2014-2015.

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