India Inducts 15 MiG-29Ks for Carrier Operations

Fif­teen new Russ­ian-made MiG-29K fight­er jets have been induct­ed for Indi­an Navy car­ri­er-borne oper­a­tions, Indi­an Defence Min­is­ter, A.K. Antony told the country’s Par­lia­ment. These air­craft will oper­ate from the air­craft car­ri­er INS Vikra­ma­ditya, for­mer­ly called the Admi­ral Gor­shkov when in Russ­ian ser­vice, which is planned for induc­tion in Decem­ber.

Russ­ian-made MiG-29K fight­er jets
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Antony also said a con­tract has been con­clud­ed to acquire an addi­tion­al 29 MiG-29Ks to strength­en the air com­bat capa­bil­i­ty of the Navy.

India placed an order for 16 MiG-29Ks for $650 mil­lion in 2004 to be used on the Russ­ian-made Vikra­ma­ditya. A repeat order for $1.5 bil­lion was placed in ear­ly 2010 to pur­chase the 29 addi­tion­al MiG-29Ks. The Vikra­ma­ditya is under­go­ing a refit in Rus­sia

A train­er ver­sion of the MiG-29K, which was part of the air­craft car­ri­er deal, crashed June 23, 2011, in south­ern Rus­sia, killing its two-mem­ber crew. Although no details are known of the probe into the crash. the final­iza­tion of the con­tract for addi­tion­al MiG-29Ks sug­gests Indi­an offi­cials are sat­is­fied with the air­craft, said an Indi­an Defence Min­istry offi­cial.


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