Ukrainian MiG-29 Fulcrum jets getting new digital color scheme

Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29s are being painted with a trendy digital camouflage

In the last few months, aircraft enthusiasts spotting military jets operating at the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant have taken photographs of at least three MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters (two single seaters and a two seater MiG-29UB) sporting a trendy “pixelated” camouflage.

The three aircraft are among the airframes that were dismantled at Belbek airbase, near Savastopol, and relocated to the mainland Ukraine, when Russian forces invaded Crimea.

The MiG-29s were reassembled and put back to flight status to replace the Fulcrums downed during the clashes with pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. But, before they the rest of front line fleet of the Ukrainian Air Force, the jets are getting a brand new, more modern, “digital” color scheme.

Such digital camouflage vaguely reminds the paint job on the U.S. Navy’s 100 years of Naval Aviation special colored F/A-18F Super Hornet.

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