Indian Navy's MiG-29Ks flight tested onboard Russian carrier news
05 October 2009

Moscow: MiG RAC said earlier in the week it had successfully tested four MiG-29K carrier-based fighter jets, manufactured for delivery to the Indian Navy, on board the Russian Navy's Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.

The aircraft have been produced consequent to a contract signed by Russia and India in January 2004, which stipulated the supply of 12 single-seat MiG-29Ks and four two-seat MiG 29Ks, Indian NavyMiG-29KUBs to the Indian Navy as part of an overall $1.5 billion deal to retrofit and deliver the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier.

"During the tests on September 28-29, the MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB fighters conducted several take offs and landings on the deck of the [Admiral Kuznetsov] aircraft carrier in the Barents Sea," the company said in a statement.

Admiral Kuznetsov is the only aircraft carrier in the Russian Navy.

The two MiG-29Ks and two MiG-29KUBs were officially transferred to India earlier this year. They were inspected by Indian technical experts and used in a five-month flight training course for the Indian pilots.

The aircraft will be delivered to India in mid-October.

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Indian Navy's MiG-29Ks flight tested onboard Russian carrier