Sunday, March 4, 2012

Russian Navy to buy MiG-29K

Russia signed a contract to buy 20 MiG-29K naval jets and four MiG-29KUB trainers. The MiG confirmed on February 29 that the Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and chief of MiG Sergei Korotkov signed the contract. The contract value was not disclosed.

Deliveries are made between 2013 and 2015, with the aircraft being operated in the single Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, serving in the Northern Fleet in Murmansk. The ship currently operates jet Sukhoi Su-33 naval.

"This agreement is a real step to the fulfillment of our program for rearmament forces. The naval air forces will receive a modern combat aircraft - as good as any in the world, "Serdyukov said.

The contract will ensure the MiG a steady stream of work in the medium term, Korotkov said.

The MiG-29K navalizada is a variant of the MiG-29M ground-based, with folding wings, tail hook and strengthened cell, a multimode radar Zhuk-ME and multimission capability. It can be armed with a wide range of air-air weapons and air-surface, including anti-ship missiles Kh-31.

The Indian Navy is the only export customer type, which will operate from the retired aircraft carrier from Russia that will be delivered later this year.

The Russian Navy has experienced a navalizada version of the MiG-29 in 1980 aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov, but opted for the Su-33.

It is unclear whether the Navy will operate the Su-33 next to the MiG-29K.

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