Chassis based fighter MiG-29KUB for the first time touched the flight deck of aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya" (past the "Admiral Gorshkov"), said the shipyard "Sevmash". Fighter under the control of the honored test pilot of the Russian Federation, Colonel Nicholas Diorditsa made several passes over the ship at different heights and performed touch and a run on the deck.
ITAR-TASS, "Vikramaditya" is factory tests in the Barents Sea. Landings on the deck of an aircraft carrier was not fulfilled until. According to the "Sevmash" by following a few touches deck "Vikramaditya" MiG-29KUB a couple of times was included in the reference line of traffic landing. When exactly will make the first landing on the fighter aircraft carrier, is not specified.
Besides Diorditsa also participates in tests by test pilot Mike Belyaev. At the current time, they are considered as the main contenders for the execution of the first landing on the carrier-based fighter "Vikramaditya".
Factory testing of aircraft carrier began in June 2012. On board the ship is a mixed Russian-Indian crew, but the Indian military is increasingly acting as observers. Test "Vikramaditya"Last 120 days thereafter ship will be transferred to the Indian Navy, as expected, it will happen Dec. 4, 2012.
Our homeland and India signed a contract for the modernization of "Admiral Gorshkov" in 2004. The deal amounted to 1.5 billion dollars. Under the agreement, the Indian side has received ship free of charge, but must pay the purchase and modernization of its deck MiG-29K/KUB. Later, the parties have revised contract price, increasing it to 2.3 billion dollars.
In the process of repair and modernization of flight deck "Vikramaditya"Has been expanded. Ship got a trampoline with an angle of 14 degrees in gathering and three arresting gear. Powerplant aircraft carrier converted from fuel oil to diesel fuel.