Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-29UB Fulcrum-B

in North Korean Air Force service

History

Five 2-seater MiG-29UB conversion trainers were supplied by the USSR.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
         
         
         


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
  • MiG-29 Fulcrum Multi-role Fighter (Yefim Gordon)

Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-29: Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon)

  • Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21PFM Fishbed-F

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    Sixty-five MiG-21PFM’s were supplied in 1968-71, with another 24 following in 1974. Additional aircraft were reportedly delivered in 1985.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
             
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • MiG 21 ‘Fishbed’: The World’s Most Widely Used Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon & Bill Gunston)

    Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-21 – Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon, Keith Dexter, Dmitriy Komissarov)

  • Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-29 Fulcrum

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    The MiG-29 Fulcrum is the most modern fighter operated by North Korea. The quantity of MiG-29s actually supplied remains unclear, as is the allegation that the type was/is produced in-country under licence.

    North Korea became the second Asian country (India being the first), to order the MiG-29 Fulcrum. The first North Korean MiG-29s were assembled during May-June 1988, with deliveries of 12 aircraft being completed before the end of the year. It is said that the total number of MiG-29s supplied to North Korea, including five or six Fulcrum-C’s, did not exceed 20 aircraft.

    Another source states that 30 had been delivered by the end of 1992, with additional deliveries following. The same source states 15 in service by 1997 and 30 in 1999, with ten additional aircraft having been acquired after that. Yet another source claims 29 MiG-29s as being active in 2003.

    The North Korean association with the MiG-29 is unique in at least two different ways; it was the first country to acquire a licence to produce MiG-29s, as well as being the first country, outside the CIS, to operate the Fulcrum-C. One of the differences between Russian Fulcrum-C’s and North Korean ones is that the latter lack the L203B Gardeniya-IFU active jammer. The first clear photos of an DPRKAF MiG-29 Fulcrum-C were obtained in the spring of 2003, courtesy of a USN P-3 Orion.

    The MiG-29s are said to be concentrated to one squadron of the 55th Aviation Regiment, based at Sunchon AB. However, both Carroll (2004) and www.scramble.nl states that the Fulcrums are operated by the 57th Aviation Regiment, based at Onchon.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
             
             
     13        


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • MiG-29 Fulcrum Multi-role Fighter (Yefim Gordon)

    Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-29: Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon)

  • Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-19S Farmer-C

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    A 1961 USSR-DPRK mutual assistance and military cooperation treaty meant that a number of MiG-19S Farmer-C supersonic fighter-bombers were delivered to the DPRKAF. At least 15 MiG-19Ss, and possibly more than twice that number, were delivered. It is possible that further batches of MiG-19s were supplied to North Korea. In 1983, 30 MiG-19s were transferred to Iraq. All aircraft included in this transfer are believed to have been Farmer-Cs, as no Shenyang F-6s had reached North Korea at this juncture. In 1997, 120 MiG-19/Shenyang F-6 reportedly remained in service. It may be presumed that all Russian-built MiG-19s have been withdrawn from service. Also see Shenyang F-6.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
             
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19: The Soviet Union’s First Production Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon)

    Other Sources

    To be added.

    Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21F-13 Fishbed-C

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    Various variants of the MiG-21 have been in service since 1963. In that year, it was reported that one squadron, the 1st Fighter Squadron, equipped with 14 MiG-21F-13’s, had reached operational status. By 1966-67, over 80 MiG-21F-13’s had been received. In 1971, ten Fighter Regiments were equipped with MiG-21’s. Presumably, all MiG-21F-13’s have been withdrawn from service.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    302        
    304        
    711        
    714        


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • MiG 21 ‘Fishbed’: The World’s Most Widely Used Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon & Bill Gunston)

    Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-21 – Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon, Keith Dexter, Dmitriy Komissarov)

  • Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-15UTI Midget

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    The standard two-seat jet conversion trainer of the Eastern Bloc, an unknown quantity was delivered to North Korea with the first probably arriving in the mid-1950s. Amazingly, about 30 MiG-15UTIs are said to remain in service.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    306 red        
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

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    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15: The Soviet Union’s Long-lived Korean War Fighter (Yefim Gordon)

    Other Sources

    To be added.

    Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-17 Fresco

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    The first MiG-17s reached North Korea in 1956. Initially, MiG-17F Fresco-C entered service, with MiG-17PF Fresco-D arriving in 1958. In all, about 150 MiG-17s – including Chinese-built Shenyang F-5s – were delivered. It may be presumed that the Shenyang F-5s at first supplemented and later replaced the Russian-built MiG-17s. It is unclear if any MiG-17s remain in service. Also see Shenyang F-5.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    409 red …415309?     MiG-17F
    919 white 58210919?     MiG-17PF
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17: The Soviet Union’s Jet Fighter of the Fifties (Yefim Gordon)

    Other Sources

    To be added.

    Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21MF Fishbed-J

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    No less than 150 MiG-21 Fishbed-J was reportedly delivered in 1985, although some MiG-21PFM’s were possibly included in this total.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    4        
    006        
    15        
    206        
    212        
    214        
    218        
    304        
    305        
    309        
    312        
    313        
    319        
    406        
    511        
    514        
    604        
    705        
    803        
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • MiG 21 ‘Fishbed’: The World’s Most Widely Used Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon & Bill Gunston)

    Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-21 – Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon, Keith Dexter, Dmitriy Komissarov)

  • Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21bis Fishbed-L/N

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    Thirty-eight second-hand MiG-21bis were clandestinely acquired from Kazakhstan in 1999. In fact, 40 MiG-21bis were originally involved in the $8 million deal, although the final two aircraft were not delivered. The MiG-21s were dismantled before being transported by train across China to North Korea. After the deal became known, the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered a criminal investigation on August 12, 1999, subsequently sacking the Minister of Defence and chairman of the national security committee, as well as several high ranking government officials for “blatant violations of arms trading laws”. One MiG-21 reportedly crashed off the eastern coast of North Korea in 2009, while another crashed fatally in Liaoning province, China in 2010. The sub-types of these MiG-21s are unknown.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    304        
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • MiG 21 ‘Fishbed’: The World’s Most Widely Used Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon & Bill Gunston)

    Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-21 – Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon, Keith Dexter, Dmitriy Komissarov)

  • Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21U Mongol

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    Around 50 twin-seat MiG-21U’s of various models (U, US and UM respectively) have been delivered. Just over half are believed to remain in service.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
             
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • MiG 21 ‘Fishbed’: The World’s Most Widely Used Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon & Bill Gunston)

    Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-21 – Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon, Keith Dexter, Dmitriy Komissarov)