Naval Aviation expects delivery of the first batch of new deck-based fighters MiG-29K in 2012, said the commander of Naval Aviation Navy Hero of Russia, Major General Igor Kozhin.
"The first four (MiG-29K) may have come in 2012, but it is necessary that until the middle of August, the department signed a contract with the arms industry for the construction and purchase of these aircraft", — Kojin said.
According to him, only Naval Aviation plans to buy 20 more MiG-29K (KUB).
"Thus, in the future naval aircraft of the Russian Navy will use the Su-33, Su-25 and MiG-29K", — The commander said.
If the contract is not concluded within a month, at best, the new aircraft will be able to get up in the Marine aviation combat system only in 2013.
"The terms of contracting and production cycles aircraft are such that it is necessary to do everything in advance", — The commander said, recalling that the Russian industry is now performing a contract for the supply of MiG-29K fighters to India for deployment on an aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya" (formerly "Admiral Gorshkov").