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Revised: February 2018


الجمهورية اليمنية (al-Ǧumhūrīyâẗu l-Yamanīyâ) (Republic of Yemen)

In service

Al Quwwat al Jawwiya al Jamahiriya al Yemeniya (Yemeni Air Force) since 1994


1994: 4 MiGs from Moldova, quantity: 4
1994: 12 MiGs loaned by South Yemen from Moldova
1997: 12 MiGs returned to Moldova

2001: 12 MiG-29SE and 2 MiG-29UB from Russia, quantity: 4+14=18
2004-2005: 6 MiG-29SMT (9-18) from Russia, quantity: 18+6=24
2005: 1 MiG-29UB crashed, quantity: 24-1=23
2005: 1 MiG-29 crashed, quantity: 23-1=22
2007: 1 MiG-29 crashed, quantity: 22-1=21
2007: 1 MiG-29 crashed, quantity: 21-1=20

In total 24 MiGs between 1994 and 2005

Two Yemen unified in 1990, but soon war was started - South Yemen (ex. Democratic Republic of Yemen) demand a "divorce". In 1994 Yemen buy 4 MiG-29 from Moldova, but only 2 of them fight against South Yemen, who loaned 12 MiG-29 from... Moldova (in 1997 returned to owner). Four MiGs remain in Yemen (Al Rayan base).

2004-2005 14 MiGs from 2001 were upgraded to SMT 9-18 and UB 9-53 standards.

2015: Sanaa's al-Daylami air base was takeover by Houthi rebels. Then begins Saudi Arabia-led military intervention, incl. Operation Decisive Storm. Yemeni air force lost some aircraft in airstrikes.


9th Squadron @ Sanaa al-Dailami airbase (and a detachment @ al-Anab airbase)

Known numbers

MiG-29UB: 22-01 22-02
MiG-29SMT: 22-04 22-05 22-06 22-09 22-12 22-13 22-15 22-16 22-20
MiG-29UB: 22-31
MiG-29: 22-32 22-35

Camouflage and painting

Looks that Yemen is one of the two countries having MiG-29SMT in version 9-18, rebuilded from MiG-29SE (also Eritrea).
See MiG-29MST 9-18 prototype from the year 2003 to compare (note a type of camouflage also).

RSK MiG, MiG-29SMT izd. 9-18, MAKS-2003, Moscov, Russia.

MiG-29SMT #22-16, Yemen 2007, Sana'a airport.
I can't configure what means "Shafaq"...

MiG-29UB #22-31, Yemen 2007. Splinter camouflage unlike Yemeni single-seaters.

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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