In the photo MiG-29KUB Indian Air Force
Of "MiG" in May of this year, the Indian Navy has put another batch of naval MiG-29K/KUB at 5 machines, the press service of the company.
According TSAMTO, MO India has signed a contract worth about 740 million dollars to supply 16 MiG-29K/KUB in January 2004 as part of an agreement to transfer and modernization of aircraft carrier "Admiral Gorshkov". The contract provided for the purchase of exercise equipment, maintenance and repair of aircraft. Option provided for the purchase of a further 29 aircraft.
Taking ceremony for the Indian Navy MiG-29K/KUB first game took place on 19 February 2010. According to reports, the first batch was delivered 6 cars.
Prior to the commissioning of the aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya" fighter entered service aviation center at the Navy base Hansa in Goa. Squadron of MiG-29K was named the "Black Panthers".
As part of the purchase MiG-29K/KUB deck fighters, the Indian Navy in April 2009 opened in the naval base of Hunza in the state of Goa and Technology Center, which will provide support to aircraft and pilot training.
In March 2010, during the visit of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s visit to India, the parties signed a contract for the supply of 29 deck-based fighters MiG-29K, that is has been implemented previously agreed option. Deliveries under this contract worth $ 1.5 billion is expected to start in 2012. Of the new party in 29 MiG-29K 16 aircraft will be based on the aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya".
Indian Navy plans to create a total of three squadrons of carrier-borne fighters MiG-29K. To do this, there are plans to bring the total amount of purchased MiG-29K/KUB to 50.
In addition, in November 2009, the Indian Navy launched a program to purchase deck fighters for future aircraft carriers. Navy sent requests for information to companies "Boeing", "Dassault" and RAC "MiG". Expected to purchase batches of 16 deck-based fighters with the ability to increase the order to 40. harboring three national aircraft carriers. The first aircraft carrier was laid in February 2009 at a shipyard in Cochin. According to the schedule, it should be transferred to the Indian Navy by the end of 2015.
Ship MiG-29K (single) and MiG-29KUB (double) — multifunctional aircraft generation "4 + +", for air defense missions naval forces, the conquest of the air, hitting surface and ground targets with precision weapons, day and night all weather conditions.
The first flight of the prototype of the MiG-29KUB took place in January 2007. Production aircraft first flew in March 2008.
The main technical and technological innovations on the fighters MiG-29K/KUB:
— Improved airframe with a high proportion of composite materials;
— Folding wing with devices improving takeoff and landing performance;
—By-wire aircraft control system with quadruple redundancy;
— Significantly reduced radar signature;
— Increased weapons load;
— Increased fuel capacity and the availability of in-flight refueling;
— Versatile multi-mode pulse-Doppler airborne radar "Zhuk-ME", which provides support for up to 10 air targets and the simultaneous firing of rockets four of them;
— Multi-channel optical-location station and passive targeting system head missiles;
— A powerful set of guided weapons grade "air-to-air" and "air-to-surface" with the possibility of extension at the request of the customer.
MiG-29K/KUB feature improved performance and increased reliability of assemblies, systems and components. Compared to the previously released planes MiG-29K/KUB increased more than 2 times, and flight hour cost is reduced about 2.5 times.
For MiG-29K/KUB developed a complete set of technical training, including integrated simulator with motion system.