The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract with aircraft maker MiG for the delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter aircraft© RIA Novosti. V. Kiselev
MOSCOW, February 29 (RIA Novosti)
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The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract with aircraft maker MiG for the delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter aircraft, MiG said on Wednesday.
"Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and MiG General Director Sergei Korotkov have signed the contract for the delivery of MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighters," MiG said in a statement.
MiG wil deliver the aircraft from 2013-2015. The aircraft will operate from Russia's single serving carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, with the Northern Fleet based in Murmansk. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.
"The signature of this contract for delivery of these fighters is a real step in fulfilling our program for rearming the forces. The Naval Air Forces will get a modern combat aircraft as good as any in the world," Serdyukov was quoted as saying by his press service.
The contract will guarantee MiG a steady level of work in the medium term, Korotkov said.
The MiG-29K is a navalized variant of the MiG-29 land-based fighter, and has folding wings, an arrester tail-hook, strengthened airframe and multirole capability. It can be armed with a wide variety of air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry. So far, the aircraft has only been exported to India for use on a refitted Russian-built carrier which is to be delivered at the end of this year.
The Admiral Kuznetsov currently operates Sukhoi Su-33 naval fighter aircraft.
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- shanksinhawelcoming decision12:41, 02/03/2012The MiG-29k will add punch to Russian naval aviation. The fact that it will be in service in Russia will ensure continuing maintenance and spares support for Indian Navy which has ordered 45 fighters.
Russia should encourage arms exports by ordering same weapon systems for its own armed forces. Such a move instills confidence in potential buyer. Not like that idiot General Makarov who unnecessarily criticized T-90 tanks now being inducted in large numbers in India. Such self goals should be put down with iron hands if Russia aspires to continue as a credible arms seller.
Any response would likely boomerang on Russia – the partnership between Rosneft and ExxonMobil is a case in point. The United States has hit Russia with a third round of sanctions. This time the Americans went with a higher caliber weapon, targeting Russia’s biggest energy companies (Rosneft and Novatek) and banks (VEB and Gazprombank).