Did any air force using the MiG-29 ever modernize their aircraft so that they can fly on fully digital equipment such as the following?

  1. Digital HUD
  2. Digital fly-by-wire
  3. Digital navigation system
  4. Digital ...

IOW, from this

enter image description here Cold-war era Mig-29

to this

enter image description here Mig-35

  • $\begingroup$ According to WIkipedia (and others), the basic design included a digital computer. Can you describe what you mean by "digital equipment"? $\endgroup$ – bjelleklang Sep 27 '18 at 12:13
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    $\begingroup$ The second picture isn't even from a MiG. It's from a Eurofighter Typhoon $\endgroup$ – Alaric Jan 11 at 11:13
  • $\begingroup$ I doubt that the OP wanted to spend hours and hours with a drawing program or 3D modeling program to make a realistic simulation of a MiG-29 with a glass cockpit just to make his or her point. $\endgroup$ – rclocher3 Jan 14 at 0:34

Well, MiG-35 from your second picture is, to a large extent, a modernized version of MiG-29. All later versions of MiG-29, the so-called 9-15+: 29M, K, etc, including 35 itself, incorporate digital FBW and avionics.

If you are talking about upgrading the original 9-12 airframes, then, I'm afraid, only the avionics and radar can be changed to digital. The MiG-29SMT and UPG are such upgrades. Retrofitting a new control system (FBW) is problematic; this makes it a very different aircraft internally. Such job can only be done by the manufacturer, and it hardly makes much sense over ordering new MiG-35.


Yes, India has designed and installed their own home-grown digital cockpit upgrades for their MIG-29's.

  • $\begingroup$ Except it's not home-grown, it's mostly Israeli and French. $\endgroup$ – Zeus Sep 28 '18 at 2:34
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    $\begingroup$ @Zeus - it's "home grown" in that it wasn't developed and supplied by MiG, but your point is valid... $\endgroup$ – FreeMan Sep 28 '18 at 13:30

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