Air International 2017-07
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V.Trendafilovski - New Mounts for the Knights /Military/
MiG-29 18102, performing during an open day at Batajnica Air Base on October 1, 2016, presents the standard QRA load of a pair of R-60MK air-to-air missiles on the outermost pylons and the PTB-1500 auxiliary fuel tank below the fuselage.
MiG-29 18101 was the first aircraft to come out of overhaul in 2008 and is seen taking off from Batajnica Air Base on a regular training flight in a winter setting in mid-February 2009. Due to a serious technical defect, this aircraft has been grounded and inoperative for some time now.
Ground crews prepare MiG-29 18102 for training on a cold winter day, using the AMK-24/56-131 truck-mounted conditioner to pre-heat the aircraft’s systems. Note the single UZR-73 train­ing round (an inert training variant of the R-73 air-to-air missile, capable of acquiring targets), suggesting an air-to-air training sortie.
Head-on with a MiG-29.
All overhauled Serbian MiG-29s received additional modifications including anti-collision lights (one on top of the fuselage spine, the other on the bottom of the port-side engine nacelle) and a reinforcement plate on each wingtip.
Illuminated by a floodlight, MiG-29 18102 is seen as part of the QRA flight (note a pair of R-60MK missiles) at Batajnica, during a foggy winter night.
The three active MiG-29s on the main flightline at Batajnica. Nearest to the camera is the MiG-29UB trainer 18301, with MiG-29s 18108 and 18102 behind.
The modernised cockpit of aircraft 18108 viewed from the pilot's seat. The new PU-29 control panel (with a small colour LCD display) is mounted on the ILS-31 head-up display and the new MFI-54 multifunctional colour LCD display sits where the IPV-2 direct-line-of-sight display used to be.
The only remaining MiG-29UB two-seat trainer in RV i PVO service is 18301, the first and oldest former Yugoslavian MiG-29 delivered to Batajnica on September 24, 1987.
The three active MiG-29s on the main flightline at Batajnica. Nearest to the camera is the MiG-29UB trainer 18301, with MiG-29s 18108 and 18102 behind.