The MiG-29K carrier-borne fighter aircraft have commenced flight operations from the deck of India's INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier.
The aircrafts had been operating from the Shore Based Test Facility of INS Hansa, on the coast of Goa in western India, this was stated by an Indian Naval officer during a media briefing earlier this week.
Vikramaditya, meanwhile, is in Karwar naval base in Karnataka on the western seabord, for getting kitted out with Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) that were long in coming. A project of the Israelis, these SAMs – Barak missiles - is a shield for the carrier in terms of threats from air. These missiles are being cannibalised from the Godavari class destroyer that are being decommissioned.
Since its deployment in early-2014, the aircraft carrier had been scouring the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean in an area, which remains classified.
Indian Navy’s latest stealth destroyer, INS Vishakhapatnam, will be launched on 20 April. The first of the P-15B series, this ship is a guided missile destroyer armed with Brahmos cruise missiles, a senior navy official.
The briefing on the Kolkata-class destroyer that is being launched was not clear whether Vishakhapatnam will constitute the flotilla of the new-fangled carrier.
The stealth destroyer, by itself will be a formidable weapons platform with Indigenous Rocket Launcher for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) built by an Indian private sector corporate; indigenous torpedo tube launcher for ASW by the same company; a combat management system manufactured by Bharat Electronics (BEL); a foldable hangar door for helicopters; Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) by Gun and Shell factory of Ichhapore in West Bengal alongwith BEL; Boat Davits (a mechanical system for lowering boats in the waters); Integrated Power Management System; Bow Mounted System; and Early Warning System.
The main gun of the destroyer is AK-630 Vempyle. To enhance the stealth features of the ship, a conformal radar system has been built and emplaced. The total cost of the stealth destroyer programme, P-15B, being built at Mazagon Docks will cost Rs 29,000 crores ($4.6 Billion).
After establishing itself as Indias leading carrier-based fighter aircraft, the MiG-29K is looking at an expanded role as the Navy seeks to increase the number of naval fighter squadrons. "The Indian Navy plans to establish three naval aircraft squadrons that will fly MiG-29K and KUB
The Indian Navy has reportedly asked Russia to prove single engine landing of the MiG-29K on the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier as a safety measure in case one of the two engine fails on Indias only carrier based fighter. The Hindu newspaper reported last week that the Russian side will be carrying out the proving trials on its own carrier in Russia, Admiral Kuznetsov
The Indian Navy will deploy its MiG29K/KUB, for the first time in over four years of their service, towards the eastern seaboard. Preparations have begun to deploy and permanently base a full squadron (consisting 17 aircraft) of these fighters to strengthen the security of Indias energy-rich and trade-wise vital, eastern seaboard, according to local media reports
Indias indigenous Light Combat Aircraft and the MiG 29K fighter planes will make their first appearance on the newly launched aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant. While the Indian Navy is eager to procure eight carrier version of the LCA; the first prototype aircraft has completed only four flight tests so far as part of a planned ski-jump from the shore-based test facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa this year
Indian Defense Minister A K Antony on Monday said that his ministry will commission MIG-29 K fighter planes into the Indian Navy on May 11 in Goa. The squadron, named INAS 303 Black Panthers, will be commissioned on May 11 by the Defence Minister at INS Hansa Naval base in the state, according to an Indian Navy spokesperson
Russias state hi-tech corporation Rostec announced Wednesday that its subsidiary Technodinamika has begun installation of marine hydraulic systems on Indian Navys aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The GS-1MF and GS-3 marine hydraulic systems are used for refueling, cleaning and pressurization of hydraulic systems of aircraft and helicopters which form part of the air-capable wing of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier
Russian MiG-29K jet crashed during an exercise flight after taking off from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday. "An aviation accident with carrier-based fighter MIG-29K occurred during exercise flights as a result of a technical fault during the approach landing a few kilometers from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser," the statement said
Indias only aircraft carrier capable aircraft, the MiG-29K suffers from an unsatisfactory serviceability rate ranging from 15.93 per cent to 37
The Indian Navy today de-inducted its ageing Sea Harrier aircraft, replacing them with MiG-29K fighter aircraft. The Sea Harriers displayed a vertical landing formation at INS Hansa during the de-induction event today
Indian Navy will soon be issuing a Request For Proposal (RFP) to carry out the first refit of its newest aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya which is set for overhaul by September 2016. “Dry docking of an aircraft carrier is a critical task and the Navy has asked the two shipyards to ready their existing infrastructure to meet the requirement
The Indian Navy has refitted its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya with Barak-1 air defense systems and Russian made AK-630 close-in weapon system for operational services. AK-630 close-in weapon system is borrowed from a to-be-decommissioned Godavari-class ship
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