People who got hyped about the potential of a MiG-29 have to really sit back and choke down a tough pill.
This is a semi-political reason, but it’s one that is totally observable and shouldn’t be terribly controversial to mention. The Russian MoD is ridiculously tight lipped about aircraft. Most will say that “Oh, get into contact with the Germans or the Poles or one of the few who operate the -29 here in the states.”
That would work out perfectly until you take into account where ED is located. Say whatever you will about the state of the Russian government, it’s still a fact of the matter that a business wants to steer clear of attention from authorities. That’s how it is everywhere.
It’s been this way since the skirmish over South Ossetia and the only way I see us getting a MiG-29 would be with ED moving somewhere else or the MoD relaxing its stance on these things.
Same is true of older cold war aircraft like the Su-17/22 as well. When I did research on the Su-17/22M3/4 a few years back, finding data was very difficult because the role of the Su-17 had shifted from tac-air to tac-nuke and because of that, the Russians consider many aspects of that aircraft classified.
I’m still thinking that I will be giving this one a miss. I genuinely hope they are successful with it, but I see it as being a novelty that would sit in the corner of my DCS hangar gathering dust after a flight or two. I will be interested in seeing what their next project is, using the knowledge gained from developing this ‘test bed’.