MiG-29K

Indian MiGs: flights under way

Friday, 05 April 2013 06:18

This week saw the beginning of the modernization of Russia’s MiG-29 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. The first six such planes will be upgraded at the Sokol plant located in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Shortly after, another 63 aircraft will be modernized at Indian enterprises. The modernization is aimed at extending the service life of the MiGs, purchased by India in the early 1990s. The upgraded aircraft are expected to be in service in the next ten years.

Negotiations on the supplies of the then-most advanced MiG-29s to the Indian Air Force started in the mid-1980s. A total of 80 such planes were delivered to India between 1985 and 1995. India’s top brass saw the delivery as a response to Pakistan purchasing the US-made F-16A fighter jets at the time. This is why New Delhi attached paramount importance to clinching a deal with Russia on supplying MiG-29s to India.

The modernization will see MiG-29s turn into MiG-29UPG aircraft, in line with a 900-million-dollar contract that was signed in 2009. Thanks to the modernization program, the warplanes’ service life is expected to stand at 40 years.

The program also envisages making the upgraded planes’ equipment compatible with the MiG-29K/KUB deck-based fighters that are supplied to India in accordance with an agreement on the modernization of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier. The maiden flight of the upgraded MiG-29UPG fighter took place in February 2011.

The modernization program’s further goal is to upgrade the MiG-29UPG so that it can comply with the technical characteristics of the MiG-29k and MiG-29KUB fighters that are currently supplied to the Indian Navy.

Equipped with air-to-surface guided weapons, the MiG-29’s modernized version will also have air-refueling equipment on board, something that will enable to expand the aircraft’s operating range to 1,500 kilometers.

Ilya Kramnik, The Voice of Russia

Apr, 4, 2013

Popular articles

13 October 2011

NPP Kudankulam constructed in india meets...

    NPP Kudankulam, which is being constructed in India with Russian assistance, meets all international safety requirements and the people of Tamil Nadu...
19 August 2011

IAF's Sukhoi jets to be upgraded to fifth...

     India's air superiority Sukhoi-30MKI fighters will soon be converted into 'Super Sukhois' by upgrading them with fifth generation combat jet...
08 August 2011

Kudankulam gets Uranium for next 5 years

       The Kudankulam Nuclear Plant has received uranium fuel bundles from Russia for the next five years as the plant needs 25-30 tonnes of fuel per year...
Emergency phone number only for the citizens of Russia in emergency in India +91-81-3030-0551
Address:
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi - 110021
Telephones:
(91-11) 2611-0640/41/42;
(91-11) 2687 38 02;
(91-11) 2687 37 99
E-mail:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.