Official transfer of the aircraft carrier customer accomplished on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The distinguishing feature of «Vikramaditya» — His winged arms. Specifically developed for the aircraft carrier ship the latest version MiG-29K/KUB.
According to its characteristics, this plane was on today one of the best carrier-based fighters in the world. The main strike force at least some floating airfield — its carrier-based component. «Vikramaditya» has on board some of the best naval fighter of our time — single MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB double.
They are able to firmly defend your own ship and deliver a crushing blow to the enemy, wherever he was in the air, on the water or on the ground.
About it in his own article published in «Rossiyskaya Gazeta» writes Sergei Ptichkin.
Create shipborne fighter MiG-29K/KUB — one of the most effective programs of military-technical cooperation between India and Russia.
Launched first XXI century, According to experts, this is the example program has paved the way to the exit of the Indian Navy on the broad expanse of ocean in order to protect the legitimate interests of the country by means of carrier-based compounds.
The program was implemented in cooperation cramped Russian and Indian professionals.
General Director RAC «MiG» Sergey Korotkov personally checked flying characteristics of the MiG-29KUB. He made off with «Vikramaditya» and landing aboard an aircraft carrier. Case in world aviation — exceptional. Fighter piloted by Chief Flight Operations RAC «MiG» chief test pilot Mike Belyaev
MiG-29 — fighter fourth generation, optimized only for air supremacy and recognized one of the best combat aircraft of the twentieth century.
Ship MiG — a functional fighter of «4 + +» capable, unlike progenitor fight on air and with surface, and ground targets day and night and in all weather criteria.
From traditional MiG-29 remained only outstanding aerodynamic assembly through which the aircraft is now a thoroughly modern machine. In general, the design of the fuselage endured all the same configuration, which made it possible to increment the highest take-off mass in store fuel and combat load.
And inside the interior of the aircraft became very latest. To improve the landing on the ship features double-slotted flaps installed fighters increased size and vortex flaps. Increased attention was paid to ensuring the development MiG-29K/KUB exploitation criteria excessive heat and humidity.
The first time was used digital system «fly-by-wire», which provided high-quality control of the aircraft in all flight modes. Introduction of new special coatings possible to lower the effective reflecting surface of the MiG-29K, compared with the standard MiG-29 in a couple of times.
Fighter conventional configuration has become as inconspicuous as overseas «invisible» with appropriate angular forms, incidentally, reduce maneuverability warplanes that in a dogfight — an obvious disadvantage. Aircraft have new engines RD-33MK with significantly stronger cravings. In store fuel in internal tanks shipborne fighters increased, compared with the «ground» MiG-29, more than 50%.
Installed in-flight refueling. And when equipped with mounted units refueling MiG-29K/KUB themselves can be used as a refueling aircraft for the same type of fighter. This know-how of the Russian aircraft. Avionics MiG-29K/KUB built on the principle of open architecture based on the international standard MIL-STD-1553B, which allowed her to include in the composition of modern production systems of the Russian Federation, India and France.
Airborne radar «Zhuk-ME» provides twice the huge range of detection of air targets and allows immediate firing four goals, also work in the «air-surface».
The guided missile air-to-air includes new medium-range missiles with active radar homing and RVV-AE missiles close air combat maneuvering F-73E. To destroy surface targets can be used anti-ship missiles Kh-31A and Kh-35E active radar homing, and to defeat the purposes of the radiating — anti-radar missiles Kh-31P.
For precision ground targets used pyatisotkilogrammovye massive bombs KAB-500Kr and KAB-500OD korellyatsionnoy with television-guidance system. The entire set of innovations brought in a number of best MiG-29K/KUB serial fighter of the XXI century.
With all this potential fighter layout which stood in the combat system 30 years ago, far from being exhausted. The open architecture allows you to increase the ability of aircraft to enter into their composition new systems and weapons.
It should be noted that a large contribution to the applets MiG-29K/KUB brought it a special project team of the Indian Navy, accompanied by job creation and production of naval fighter, which was all these years and worked specifically in Moscow in close contact with experts MiG.
In May of this year in the combat strength of the Indian Navy Naval Aviation became the 303rd Squadron «Black Panthers» (INAS 303 «Black Panthers»), armed MiG-29K/KUB. India put sixteen ship MiGs.
Currently produced a new contract for the delivery of 20 September MiG-29K/KUB.
It is worth recalling that the world-famous brand «MiG» this year celebrated 74 years. During this period, was created about 450 projects of combat aircraft, 170 of which are embodied in the life and 94 machines were performed serially.
On Russian aircraft factories were built about 45 thousand aircraft grade «MiG», 11 thousand of them were exported. Abroad under license issued more than 14 thousand fighters «MiG».
Aircraft «MiG» delivered in more than 40 countries and became the most vserasprostranennymi jet fighters in the world. Received worldwide recognition: MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19, MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-29, MiG-31.
Now export order book of Russian Aircraft «MiG» — More than 6 billion dollars U.S.. Produced more than 100 agreements with 20 countries. Successfully implemented programm municipal defense order.