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Mikoyan MiG AT

Basic and advanced trainer

Mikoyan MiG AT

Despite its advantages the future of the Mikoyan MiG AT advanced trainer remains uncertain

 
 
Entered service -
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 12.01 m
Wing span 10.16 m
Height 4.42 m
Weight (empty) ?
Weight (maximum take off) 5.6 - 7 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x SNECMA Larzac 04R20 turbofans
Traction (dry / with afterburning) 2 x 14.12 kN
Maximum speed 1 000 km/h
Service ceiling 15.5 km
Armament (MiG AS)
Cannon 23-mm gun pods
Missiles Kh-29TD or Kh-31AS/PE air-to-surface missiles, Vikhr anti-tank guided missiles, R-73E, R-77, AIM-9L and Magic 2 air-to-air missiles
Bombs 100-500 kg bombs
Other 57-mm or 80-mm rocket pods

 

   MiG and Yakovlev were battling for a potential advanced trainer contract to replace up to 1 000 Aero L-29 and L-39 trainers in Russian and CIS air force service. There was also wider interest in their designs in the export market. MiG MAPO's contender is the MiG AT (Advanced Trainer). Although relatively orthodox, the straight-wing design is claimed to have the same high-Alpha handling as the MiG-29.

   The MiG AT was developed as a joint venture with Turbomeca and SNECMA for the Larzac engine and Sextant Avionique for the avionics. Mikoyan has built three flying prototypes for the initial fly-off evaluation. The first prototype represents the ATF basic trainer version for the export market, with a modified version of Sextant's Topflight modular avionics suite. The second is the MiG ATR trainer standards, with Russian avionics. The third is the prototype for the MiG ATS combat-capable trainer. It has a helmet-mounted target designation system, provision for seven external hardpoints (in place of the basic trainer's three) and a variety of centreline targeting pods. The as-yet unbuilt MiG AS will be a single-seater, described as being analogous to the BAE Hawk 200.

   Mikoyan is also offering any MiG AT variant with folding wings, arrestor hook, and strengthened landing gear. All variants use a high proportion of Russian systems and equipment. The first prototype made its maiden flight in March 1996. By 2001 all three prototypes had flown and initial series production of a further 16 aircraft was well under way.

   The future of the MiG AT remains uncertain. Mikoyan design bureau has marketed the aircraft aggressively. However it lost out to the BAE Systems Hawk in its first competition in South Africa. Also the MiG AT lost competition to the Yak-130 to meet Russian Air Force requirement. In 2009 trainer developed by Yakovlev design bureau was selected.

 

Video of the Mikoyan MiG AT basic and advanced trainer

 
Mikoyan MiG AT

Mikoyan MiG AT

Mikoyan MiG AT

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