Pit raises some good points. A Soviet Su-24 pilot notes that flying in Central Europe the Beryoza used to "light up like a christmas tree", due to the number of radars around. Pilots had to disable the audio warnings, or risk going deaf from the continual noise. Situational awareness value of the system was therefore very low. The MiG-29 lacked any form of ECM provision, internal or external, until the 9.13 was introduced. Even the 9.13 only had a very basic self-protectiom system, the Gardeniya.
The KOLS IRST really isn't much more than an enlarged missile seeker. It cannot be compared to US systems like that of the F-14, which are vastly more powerful and expensive. It can't provide any situational awareness due to lack of ranging capability, and its short detection range.
The non-export MiG-29 was supposed to have some form of tactical display from GCI via datalink, but it was never actually implemented. They did get the "Takt/Dubl" switch to change the CRT from HUD repeater to tactical display, but it didn't work. Probably the whole fleet would have got the capability during the planned MiG-29S upgrades.
Last edited by aerospacetech; 5th September 2005 at 07:11.
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