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   Mig-29 Flying Life Extended

  As in the case of Mig-21s, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has commissioned the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) to conduct Total Technical Life Enhancement (TTLE) of the Mig-29 to enhance its life from 2500 to 3000 flying hours.
 

 

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As in the case of Mig-21s, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has commissioned the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) to conduct Total Technical Life Enhancement (TTLE) of the Mig-29 to enhance its life from 2500 to 3000 flying hours. Assuming that the Full Scale Fatigue Test (FSFT) passes, the whole process from concept to testing all equipment will take 18 months to complete.

NAL says that two important elements of Mig-29 test preparation are complete-the aero-modeling or external contour mapping and preliminary analysis of flight data. These NAL says will help it determine the load factor and kinds of loads that need to be applied to test quality of the aircraft. It would also help NAL determine the quality of the surface.

The process is to start late 2007 or early 2008 and NAL is expected to start with the hydraulics, controls, software, and other components. While the Mig-21 enhancement took 3 years, the Mig-29 projects will be done in 18 months.

India has asked for proposals for 126 new aircraft with many front-line aircraft in contention including Sukhoi, F-18, Rafael, Jaguar, etc.