Photo Emerges Of Ukrainian MiG-29 Equipped With ADM-160 Miniature Air-Launched Decoys | Aviation

An image of a Ukrainian MiG-29 equipped with two ADM-160 Miniature Air-Launched Decoys (Unknown author via X). In the box: MALD in flight. (Photo: Raytheon)

The decoys were delivered to Ukraine last year and employed during multiple attacks, but the launching platform had not been disclosed until now.

For the first time in over a year, a Ukrainian MiG-29 was photographed with U.S.-made ADM-160 Miniature Air-Launched Decoys under its wings. The photo, recently emerged on X, shows a Fulcrum assigned to the 114th Tactical Aviation Brigade during a low pass, with the decoys clearly visible on the inner pylons.

The delivery of MALD to Ukraine was not announced, however images of its debris, found near the buildings hit by missile strikes in the Russian-occupied Luhansk region in May 2023, quickly started circulating on social media. At that time, it wasn’t clear which was the launching platform, although we mentioned the possibility of it being MiG-29s and Su-27s, since it weighs less than 300 lb.

In that occasion, it seemed that the US-made decoys were possibly drawing away the Russian air defenses’ attention from Storm Shadow missiles that were used to strike the targeted buildings. The circumstances during which the photo of the MiG-29 equipped with MALD was taken are not known.



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