Originally posted by eurofighter:
How good is their MiG-29N? Some malaysian guy say their Migs were able to outrun USN F/A-18C/D in exercises(probably wet dreaming after reading how IDF/AF thrash USN in air exercises).
Mig 29 theoretically has a slighter better acceleration than the Bugs. However, during a dogfight (WVR engagement), a Mig29 will not be able to outrun chasing AIM-9M/X missiles, if the bugs are close enough and fire within the lethal perimeter of the missiles.
Another point is that IAF defeated the USN mainly on dogfight engagements while the USN doctrine more or less based on BVR engagements. They want to down the charlies as far from the carriers as possible once a possible ID can be made (either via the ship or Hawkeyes radars, and IFFs). Unless the rule of engagement requires visual ID and pilots need to put their eyeballs on the targets, otherwise you will see them eagerly shooting amraams and sidewinders.
IAF on the other hand excel in WVR dogfights as evidence in their win -lose ratio against Eygptian, Syrian and Jordanian air forces.
Lastly, most of the USN aircrafts that were "shot down" where Tomcats rather than the Bugs. Yes, Mig29N does have an advantage over the bugs (as RAAF soon learnt during their war games with RMAF), however, according to RAAF pilots, they have tactics to defeat the Mig29Ns but of course these are closely guided secrets.
I have also spoken to RSAF pilots who flew against the Hornets and other kinds that are good at low speed handling aircrafts which can achieve higher AoA than the Vipers. Many times part of the game is not to slow down to fight them, but to use the fast speed and energy at transonic speed range to deal with them. Vipers will beat Mig29 when flown close to Mach 1, but will rapidly lose out when the speed drops down to below 600 kts.