MIKOYAN MIG-29UB FULCRUM
Mikoyan Design Bureau developed the powerful and highly-maneuverable MiG-29 to challenge American jet fighters of the 1970s. Named "Fulcrum" in NATO's coding system, the MiG-29 first flew in 1977. The plane was designed air-to-air combat but improved versions could engage and destroy ground targets and even to carry tactical nuclear weapons. MiG-29s went into service with squadrons of the Soviet Air Force in 1983 and later with Eastern European nations, as well as Cuba, India, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Peru, and North Korea. MiG-29s have been flown in combat, including actions over Kashmir, the former Yugoslavia, and during the first Persian Gulf War.