Main page "Colours ot the MiG-29 (Fulcrum)"

Revised: February 2018


Bhārat Ganrādzya (Republic of India)

MiG-29 MiG-29UB MiG-29UPG     MiG-29K, MiG-29KUB     MMRCA tender

MiG-29, MiG-29UB, MiG-29UPG

In service

Bharatiya Vayu Sena (IAF Indian Air Force) since 1986

Bharatiya Vayu Sena


1986-1987: 42 x MiG-29 (9-12B) + 9 x MiG-29UB (9-51B)
1989: 20 x MiG-29
1994-1995: 8 x MiG-29 + 2 x MiG-29UB to replace loses
In total 81 MiGs between 1986 and 1995
Local name in Hindi for MiG-29 is "Baaz" (Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis)

Feb 1994: MiG-29
Jan 1997: MiG-29 KB738
Aug 1999: MiG-29
Jul 2001: MiG-29
Apr 2002: MiG-29 KB3126
Dec 2003: MiG-29
Jun 2006: MiG-29UB
Sep 2006: MiG-29 KB3299
Nov 2006: MiG-29
May 2007: MiG-29
Sep 2008: MiG-29
Oct 2011: MiG-29
Jun 2013: MiG-29
Nov 2013: MiG-29 KB739

December 2008 Indian ministry of defence and Russian company Rossoboronexport signed contract for overhaul and modernization of 64 Indian MiGs, worth 964 mln USD. Aircraft will be overhauled in 2009 in Russia (first six) and then in HAL facilities, and equipped with Russian, Indian and French avionics, "Zhuk-ME" radar, engines RD-33 serie 3, new armament control systems compatible with modern weapons. Contract should be fulfiled until 2013.

Operational in 2018 is about 50 MiGs-29/MiG-29UB. Some (not so much) upgraded to MiG-29UPG standard since 2011.

Units (2009)

47th Sqadron Black Archers
Adampur, Pune between 1986 and 1997
... KB703 KB708 KB735 ...

Adampur is a base for 8th Wing
(47th and 223rd Sqns)

28th Sqn First Supersonics
Jamnagar, Pune between 1987 and 1997
... KB713 KB719 KB720 KB721 KB724 KB738 KS903 KB3287 KB3298 ...

Jamnagar is a base for 33rd Wing
(28th Sqn and 224th Sqn with MiG-23MF)

223rd Sqn Tridents
Adampur since 1989
... KB3126 ...

Adampur is a base for 8th Wing
(47th and 223rd Sqns)


Letters "KB" for MiG-29, "KS" for MiG-29UB, three or four digits on fins, squadron's emblem on air intakes
1986-1987 - 42 MiG-29 from KB701 to KB742
1988-1987 - 9 MiG-29UB KS901 KS902 KS903 KS904 KS905 KS906 ... ... ...
1989 - 20 MiG-29 from KB3107 to KB3126
1994-1995 - 8 MiG-29 KB3297 KB3298 KB3299 KB3300 KB3301 KB3302 KB3303 KB 3304
1994-1995 - 2 MiG-29UB KB3305 KB3306

Camouflage and painting

Indian MiGs in 1986/1987 did not have a standard uniform MiG's-29 camouflage scheme! Indian was identical with Soviet in colours and very similar in shapes, but vary on some aircraft.

MiG-29 KB719, 28th Squadron, India. Drawing is a compilations of camouflages and numbers from various aircraft.

MiG-29 KB3126, 223rd Squadron, India. Drawing is a compilations of camouflages and numbers from various aircraft.

Four aircraft with special markings for exercises in nineties:
KB744 white-red stripes on fins
KB713 red fins with yellow triangle (First Supersonics)
KB720 yellow fins with red triangle (First Supersonics)
KB707 blue fins with dots and stars (Black Archers)

MiG-29 KB707, 47th Squadron, India.

Main Indian repair facilities for MiGs is 11th Base Repair Depot (BRD) in Ojhar (or Ozhar) near Nasik, where all repair and maintenance are realised.
After overhauls, MiGs are overall grey. Since 2015 IAF use special grey coating produced by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization). Colour is called Tipnis Grey after the Anil Yashwant Tipnis, former chief of the IAF who precise shade.

MiG-29 KB715, India 2007, after overhaul.
Indian roundels are green-white-saffron (subdued orange) but often, especially in recent years (like on Sukhois Su-30MKI) saffron is replaced by almost red or even red.
Near KOLS before windshield is antenna of the Indian IFF system.

Upgrade programm

February 2011: in airfield of the Flight Research Institute named after M.M. Gromov in Zhukovsky first flights of MiG-29 upgraded to standard MiG-29UPG (изделие / product 9-20?). 65 Indian aircraft will be rebuilded to version UPG, first six in Russia (incl. KB727, KB740), rest in Ozhar factory (contract signed in 2008). First modernized in 2011 were two MiG-29: KB3301 (to KBU3301) and KB3123 (to KBU3123), and one MiG-29UB (standard 9-53 KB3306). Realisation is probably very slow. I've seen photos of only four MiGs upgraded (three mentioned and KB3118 displayed in Aero India 2017).

Modernized Indian MiG-29UPG KBU 3123, Summer 2011. Drawing accuracy: 100%.

MiG-29K, MiG-29KUB

In service

Bharatiya Nau Sena

Bharatiya Nau Sena (IN Indian Navy) since 2008, officially since March 2010

Operational in 2018 is about 30


2008-2011: 12 MiG-29K and 4 MiG-29KUB
2008 KUB 671
2009 KUB 672
2009 K 801 802 803 804
2010 KUB 673 674
2010 K 805 806
2011 K 807 808 809 810 811 812

2013-2016: 12 MiG-29K and 6 MiG-29KUB
K 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 833 834 835 836
KUB 675 676 677 678 679 ...

Between 2008 and 2016: 34 MiGs

  • Ordered in year 2004 carrier-based fighters MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB operate on aircraft carrier INS "Vikramaditya" (former Soviet/Russian "Admiral Gorshkov" heavy aircraft cruiser) which was prepared for India and entered the Indian Navy service in November 2013.
  • March 2008 - first flight of serial MiG-29KUB in Lukhovitsy, on controls: Pavel Vlasov, RAC «MiG» Chief test pilot, Hero of Russia, and Alexander Pelikh, honored test-pilot, Hero of Russia.
  • First four MiGs operate from the INS Hansa base at Goa - Dabolim.
  • September 2010: landings on "Admiral Kuzniecov", aircraft 672 and 941.
  • March 2010: introduction ceremony of MiGs in Goa: 801 802 803 804 671 and 672.
  • June 2010: to the deck of "Vikramaditiya" in Syevyerodvinsk shipyard (produced by Севмаш, Sevmash Plant) was delivered a "mockup" of MiG-29K to perform a test of ship's equipment. It's the old first prototype of MiG-29K 9-31, number #311.
  • 2010: Indian Navy order next batch of 18 MiG-29K
  • 11 May 2013: 303rd Squadron oficially activated at INS (Indian Navy Station) Hansa in Goa state, on the western coast of India. It's a brand new squadron, formed in 2009, youngest and only the second fighter squadron in the Indian Naval Aviation. Unit is stationed on board of the Vikramaditya.
  • 16th November 2013: aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya was handed over to the Indian Navy at the Sevmash Shipyard. Finally!

June 2015: MiG-29KUB damaged performing landing on the aircraft carrier
January 2018: MiG-29K run out the runway at Dabolim and crashed


303rd INAS (Indian Navy Air Squadron) "Black Panthers", Dabolim.

Camouflage and painting

MiG-29K (9.41), Russia 2007 (MAKS 2007 painting scheme). Drawing accuracy: 100%.

MiG-29K (9.41), Russia, April 2008 (Indian Navy final painting scheme). Deliveries of MiG-29K/KUB to Indian Navy in December 2009. Drawing accuracy: 100%.

MiG-29KUB (9.47), Russia 2007 (MAKS 2007 painting scheme, first flight in february 2007). Drawing accuracy: 100%.

Serial MiG-29K (9.41, no. 804) were displayed in August 2009 during Moscow MAKS-2009. A black panther on tail it's a 303rd INAS emblem. Drawing accuracy: 100%.

Six MiG-29K/KUBs were delivered to Indian Navy in December 2009. Drawing accuracy: 100%.

MMRCA Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tender

January 2012: MiG-35 failed in tender for 126 MMRCA. Rivals: F-16, F/A-18, Rafale, Gripen, Typhoon. The winner is: Rafale.

Experimental MiG-35 961, beginning of the year 2010. Drawing accuracy: 100%.

Experimental MiG-35D 967, beginning of the year 2010. Drawing accuracy: 100%.

Mariusz Wojciechowski MiG-29 in colours Colours of the MiG-29 (МиГ-29).
Worldwide aircraft Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-29 (Fulcrum) camouflage and painting schemes

MiG-29 MiG-29S MiG-29UB MiG-29M MiG-29M2 MiG-29UBT MiG-29SD MiG-29N MiG-29NUB MiG-29K MiG-29KUB
MiG-29AS MiG-29G MiG-29GT MiG-29BM MiG-29SM MiG-29SE MiG-29SMT MiG-29UPG MiG-29SMP MiG-29OVT MiG-35

All aircraft drawings © Mariusz Wojciechowski 2005-2018, Słupsk (Poland)
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