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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.
None available at present.
- World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
- MiG-29 Fulcrum Multi-role Fighter (Yefim Gordon)
See other operators of the Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-29 'Fulcrum'