- Russia to deliver engines for Indian MiG fighters
- MiG Corp. orders hit $2.8 bln, to grow by $1.5 bln - CEO
- Russian state to order naval fighters to support MiG company
- Four MiG-29 fighter jets to join Indian navy in October - source
MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will finish upgrading MiG-29 fighters in service with the Indian air force in 2013, a Russian defense industry source has said.
Russia's MiG company signed last year a contract with the Indian Defense Ministry to upgrade over 60 MiG-29 fighters, in service since the 1980s.
"The implementation of the contract started last year, and it will be fulfilled in 2013," the source told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
According to the source, during the upgrade the MiG-29s will be fitted with advanced avionics, new multi-functional Zhuk-ME radars, a new weapon control system, as well as revamped engines.
The service life of the aircraft will be extended from 25 to 40 years.
The official said the first four Indian MiG-29 fighters are being modernized and flight-tested in Russia and the remaining aircraft will be overhauled in India with the aid of Russian experts.
The contract stipulates the construction of MiG consignment depots and service centers in India, along with simulators for pilot training.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: A down-to-earth person
Infographics: The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
The clash of Russian and Western interests has given rise to a geopolitical battle. German politicians are trying to leave all doors and windows open for dialogue with Russia. Moscow does acknowledge this, and Germany is probably the only country with which it is ready to discuss European security.