The Russian navy has taken delivery of its first four series-produced MiG-29K/KUB carrier based fighter jets.
“The MiG aircraft-manufacturing corporation has handed over two MiG-29K single-seat and two MiG-29KUB twin-seat carrier-based fighter aircraft,” a Russian official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
The Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract with MiG in February 2012 for delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB fighters by 2015.
The aircraft will be deployed on Russia's sole serving carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, based in Murmansk with the Northern Fleet.
The Admiral Kuznetsov currently operates Sukhoi Su-33 naval fighter aircraft.
The MiG-29K is a naval variant of the MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jet, and has folding wings, an arrester tail-hook, strengthened airframe and multirole capability thanks to its Zhuk-ME slotted array radar, MiG was quoted as saying.
Unlike the Su-33, which is capable of air defense missions only, the MiG-29K can be armed with a wide variety of air-to-surface as well as air-to-air weaponry and laser-designation systems.
The aircraft is also capable of “buddy” refueling other MiG-29Ks using the PAZ-1MK refueling pod.
So far, the aircraft has only entered service with India, for use on the refitted Russian-built carrier INS Vikramaditya, which was handed over to the Indian Navy on November 15.
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
With the first squadron of carrier-based fly-by-wire MiG-29 K fighters to be formally inducted into the navy next month, India is now keeping its fingers crossed on Russia delivering the 45,000-tonne INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier by 2013 end, after a delay of over five years. The Admiral Gorshkov warship will be put on trial on Barents Sea between May and July and commissioned by Sevmash shipyard on White Sea in November 2013
The Russian Defense Ministry and aircraft maker MiG have signed a contract for the delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter aircraft, MiG announced on Wednesday. The value of the contract has not been disclosed
Indian Navy will formally induct the Russian-made MiG-29K naval fighter jets for deployment on Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier on 19th February in Goa. The first four of the 16 MiG-29Ks that India had bought from Russia in 2004 along with Gorshkov were delivered at the INS Hansa naval base in Goa on 4th December last
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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
The US President Barack Obama will witness the maiden appearance of two Russian-origin naval MiG-29K fighters on the Indian Republic day. The two fighters will be accompanied by a US-origin P8I maritime surveillance aircraft, forming a “Vic” formation in the front
The Russian firm MiG completed the delivery of the modernization kits for Indias MiG-29 fighters, according to ITAR-TASS. Under a 2009 contract worth $964 million, the Russian corporation agreed to modernize six fighters at its production sites and provide kits for the modernization of other Indian MiG-29 planes into the MiG-29UGP version by the local aircraft industry enterprises
Indias Basant Aerospace Private Limited has signed two agreements worth $55 million as part of a general offset contract with Air India, according to itar tass. The first contract worth $43 million will allow the establishment of a service centre in India for the restoration and repair of the Zhuk-ME airborne radar produced by Fazotron-NIIP
MiG Corporation has won a $470 million contract from the Russian Defense Ministry for 16 advanced MiG-29 SMT fighters, according to RIA Novosti. “The value of the contract, including the ground support and test equipment, is more than 17 billion rubles
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