MiG-29 and F-16 aerial battle: who will win in the sky of Libya

Who won the battle for the sky of Libya, the Egyptian MiG-29M or Turkish F-16C, tried to find out the publication Military Watch.

Against the backdrop of the conflict in Libya, relations between Turkey and Egypt have deteriorated markedly. Ankara supports the Government of National Accord in the western part of the country, and Cairo helps the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the east. The development of the situation may lead to armed confrontation between Egypt and Turkey.

Turkey intends to deploy its F-16C fighters with AIM-120 air-to-air guided missiles (100 km range) in Libyan territory. At the same time, Egyptian F-16Cs use outdated AIM-7 missiles (range 75 km), since Cairo was denied the purchase of modern ammunition. Therefore, even with the same type of aircraft, Ankara has greater capabilities than Cairo.

So Egypt is unlikely to use its F-16S (140 pieces), and most likely will be used in air battles MiG-29M (14 pieces), since the French Rafale (24 pieces) are also deprived of modern air-to-air missiles. MiG-29M, in turn, are equipped with more powerful and long-range missiles R-27ER (range 130 km) and R-77 (range 110 km). In addition, the MiG-29M has a number of other significant advantages. It can rise to a height of 19 km, while the enemy is limited by a ceiling of 15 km. Also, a Russian-made fighter surpasses the F-16C in speed - Mach 2,25 versus Mach 2.

But the advantages of the MiG-29M in an air battle over the F-16C do not end there. The Russian car has better maneuverability and can carry more payload. But the most problematic factor for Turkey will be that Egypt is in close proximity to the theater of operations.

To compensate for the Egyptians' advantage in missile weapons, the Turks may purchase newer AIM-120C-7 missiles (range 120 km). However, the Egyptians are already awaiting the supply of Su-35 fighters, which have even greater advantages over American aircraft.
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  1. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 30 June 2020 13: 09
    - In this case ... it all depends on the training and professionalism of the pilots themselves ...
    - Turkish flyers are well prepared; and the Egyptian pilots can hardly reach their level ... - From this we can draw a "conclusion" ...
    1. Michael1950 Online Michael1950
      Michael1950 (Michael) 30 June 2020 14: 34
      - There is such a thing as the probability of a missile strike. And it is very different for Russian missiles and American missiles.
      - There is such a thing as radar noise immunity. You will not believe: it is also different! lol
      - There is such a thing as the effectiveness of their RTR and EW tools. She is also different ...
      Etc. wink
    2. Boragl Offline Boragl
      Boragl (Boragl) 1 July 2020 23: 33
      Plus. The main thing is the preparation of the pilot, and not the difference, even if it is 50 km from the missile range .. but as for the best training for Turkish flyers ... I would not be so sure. The Turks are still those ... Although I also do not protect the Pharaohs ....
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 30 June 2020 13: 58
    I'll bet on the S-300. This is the same "forester" that will disperse the Germans and the partisans. There would be a desire ...
    1. Boragl Offline Boragl
      Boragl (Boragl) 1 July 2020 23: 35
      Only if our instructors are at the console ...
  3. Binder Offline Binder
    Binder (Miron) 30 June 2020 17: 09
    Undoubtedly, that side, pilots and other specialists who are better trained professionally wins in aviation, although, of course, the performance characteristics of combat vehicles are of great importance. In this regard, it seems to me a somewhat one-sided assessment of the author of the article, which unequivocally gives preference to the Russian MiG-29M over the American F-16C of the Turkish assembly. Let me remind you that various modifications of the F-16 aircraft have long been very successfully used in decomp. military conflicts, showed themselves on the positive side, this is a tried and tested warhorse, with the help of which many victories were gained in the sky. And the number of MiG-29 aircraft (14) among the Egyptians will not help them in any way in the fight against the more numerous Turkish F-16s. In addition, the Turks were able to unexpectedly surprise many specialists with their successful experiments in the use of UAVs against ground forces, who knows if they have something impressive in store against enemy aircraft?
    In general, it may still not reach the confrontation ...
  4. Don36 Offline Don36
    Don36 (Don36) 30 June 2020 17: 29
    Turkey is opposed not only by Egypt, but also by Saudi Arabia, France and Greece, so God only knows what ammunition Egypt can get, including from France, if the situation continues to heat up. It is possible that Greece will take advantage of the situation and open a second front against Turkey in Cyprus, and the Turks were not very lucky in battles with the Greek Air Force. The last battle of 4 F-16 Turkish Air Force, against 2 F-16 and 2 Mirage-2000 Greek Air Force, ended with the fact that the Greeks sent 2 Turks to swim in the Mediterranean Sea. The Greek fleet is also quite toothy and with good fighting traditions. The Greeks today retain the cruiser Averof as a museum, famous in 2 naval battles with the Turkish fleet, where the Greeks inflicted sensitive defeats on the Turks.
  5. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 1 July 2020 19: 59
    The winner is the one who has air defense during the flying of various sorts of the enemy will not allow to his planes.