A US observer named the flaws of the MiG-29 fighter. Brent Eastwood, a journalist and former US Army officer, noted that the attempt to modernize the MiG-29 and fix its shortcomings deprived it of the advantage of maneuverability. He wrote about this in the material for 19FortyFive.
Eastwood noted that at the beginning of operation, the MiG-29 compares favorably with American fighters. In his opinion, the F-15 and F-16 were inferior to the Soviet aircraft in maneuverability. However, the disadvantages of the MiG-29 did not make it possible to realize its advantages.
The publication notes that the MiG-29 had insufficient flight range, and the lack of a boom did not allow refueling the aircraft in the air. Also, analog devices were attributed to the disadvantages of the aircraft, which gave way to displays in American fighters. According to Eastwood, this prevented the Soviet pilots from focusing on air combat.
Most of the shortcomings of the fighter were corrected during the modernization, but the heavier aircraft became slower than its competitors. Eastwood notes that several Syrian MiG-29s were shot down in clashes with Israeli planes, and 15 Soviet-made fighters shot down American F-15s during Operation Desert Storm.
“Of course, it could have been due to poor piloting by the Syrians and Iraqis, but it really showed weaknesses when it came to air combat,” Eastwood writes.
The author sums up that the MiG-29 is outdated, and the upgraded MiG-35 is notable for its high cost. Therefore, in Russia, the MiG-29 is giving way to the Su-27 and Su-35 fighters.
In September 19FortyFive wrote that the Su-57 fighter was inferior to American and Chinese competitors. The author of the publication suggested that the Russian aircraft is not quite stealthy compared to the F-22, F-35 and J-20.