Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Indian Navy to Receive 6 MiG-29K/KUB Aircraft in 2014


MiG-29KUB on INS Vikramaditya during sea trials. Photo Credit Sevmash

The Indian Navy will receive six MiG-29K/KUB aircraft in 2014 bringing to 13 the total number of aircraft delivered against a $1.5-billion contract for the supply of additional 29 MiG-29Ks singed on March 12, 2010.

Director General of RAC "MiG" Sergei Korotkov, told the press in April 2014 that the company had delivered 7 MiG-29K/KUB to the Indian Navy by end 2013 and would deliver 6 more aircraft in 2014.

On December 29, 2012, RIA Novosti reported that MiG had delivered in December a batch of four MiG-29K/KUB shipborne fighters against the second order for 29 aircraft, fulfilling its contractual obligation for the year 2012.

RAC MiG completed delivery of 16 aircraft against the initial order for 12 MiG-29Ks and 4 MiG-29KUBs in September 2011.

MiG is currently producing 16 aircraft per year. The remaining 10 aircraft to be produced in 2014 are earmarked for the Russian Navy, which placed an order for 20 aircraft (16 MiG-29Ks and 4 MiG29KUBs) in February 2012.

MiG plans to nearly double production rate to 30 aircraft per year by 2017. In the past, the company has said it expects the Indian Navy to sign a third contract for 24 MiG-29K/MiG-29KUB aircraft.

The Russian Navy will base its MiG-29 aircraft on its lone aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetzov. The heavy Su-33 aircraft (a navalized Su-27) currently based on the carrier are expected to complete their residual lives in 2015.

IDP Sentinel members can view additional details on the MiG-29K aircraft at the link below.

MiG-29K (IDP Sentinel)