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    Quote Originally Posted by mack8 View Post
    Thanks for the info guys, so the radar on MiG-29AS is not upgraded, i assumed to be the case as in some sources it's called MiG-29SD. Seems it's a re-used designation ("old" SD has N-019ME radar, IFR, R-77 etc.), what does the "new" SD stands for anyway? Thanks.
    the Mig-29AS radar has been planned to be overhauled/slightly upgraded sometime ago , but bcs of of poor airworthiness there are bigger problems that need solving first. The WZL-2 N019EA low cost upgrade is reputedly giving twice the range on big rcs targets and much higher reliability, but with the same missile combos as baseline 9.12A. Hoping to receive some info about the upgrade from service soon, but for air patroling tasks only it is more than enough. The N019 radars have already been modernized the same way in Ukraine and Belarus.
    The SD stands for Slovatskaya Dorabotka or better "fckd up" Slovakian Upgrade. Some years ago, russians even tried to sell the slovakian Mig-29 upgrade to Poland, but failed as the WZL-2 already had very bad experience with RSK technical support. Anyway, did you know that RSK MiG stuff is forbiden to enter Polish Mig-29 airforce bases?
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    the Mig-29AS radar has been planned to be overhauled/slightly upgraded sometime ago , but bcs of of poor airworthiness there are bigger problems that need solving first. The WZL-2 N019EA low cost upgrade is reputedly giving twice the range on big rcs targets and much higher reliability, but with the same missile combos as baseline 9.12A. Hoping to receive some info about the upgrade from service soon, but for air patroling tasks only it is more than enough. The N019 radars have already been modernized the same way in Ukraine and Belarus.
    I thought the upgrade had been quite sucesful, and RSK MiG guaranteed 70% availability of the Fulcrums. Ukraine and Belarus have developed simple upgrades, but you would expect better results dealing with official manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a89 View Post
    I thought the upgrade had been quite sucesful, and RSK MiG guaranteed 70% availability of the Fulcrums.
    in reality it is rather a disaster, the availability went like 0 to 30% last few years, wonder where have you heard such nonsense that the upgrade was sucesful?
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    in reality it is rather a disaster, the availability went like 0 to 30% last few years, wonder where have you heard such nonsense that the upgrade was sucesful?
    There was a documentary in Russian TV with information on the upgrade. Here is a link, but this version does not have subtitles.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNuzd3DquyE

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