India has asked Russia to prove the ability of the MiG-29K to land with one engine on an aircraft carrier



Indian Navy asked Russia to make  test with a demonstration of the possibility of carrier-based fighter MiG-29K fighters to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier with one working engine, said today


Last week, the newspaper The Hindu reported that the Russian side will hold such tests on its own aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”. An unnamed Indian source said that “the MiG-29K is a very good airplane with a very powerful power plant, but such tests are needed to allay the fears of the pilots. We asked MiG Corporation to prove the ability of landing with one engine  onto the deck of an aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”. The tests will be carried out in two weeks. “

First Indian MiG-29 Fighter Jet Lands on Vikramaditya

First Indian MiG-29 Fighter Jet Lands on Vikramaditya

MOSCOW, February 7 (RIA Novosti) – An Indian MiG-29 naval jet landed on a refitted former Soviet aircraft carrier Friday, marking the first such operation since the ship was delivered by Russia to the south Asian nation earlier this year.

“An exciting event took place today – the first landing of an [Indian] MiG-29 piloted by an Indian pilot on the Vikramaditya,” Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation vice president Igor Ponomarev told reporters at the ongoing DEFEXPO-2014 exhibition in New Delhi.

The Vikramaditya, formerly known as the Admiral Gorshkov, was handed over to the Indian navy on November 16 at the Semvash shipbuilder and arrived at a naval base in Kanwar in the beginning of January.

The process of the ship’s official commissioning will take between three and four months, according to the Indian navy. A team of Russian specialists arrived onboard the ship and will stay in India for a year to fix any possible glitches if needed.

The Indian Navy commissioned its first squadron of MiG-29K/KUB carrier-based fighters in 2013.

Mikoyan MiG-29K

The squadron, dubbed the “Black Panthers,” comprises 12 single-seat MiG-29Ks and four two-seat MiG-29KUBs, which Russia supplied under a 2004 contract with the Indian Defense Ministry.

The aircraft have until now been stationed at an airbase in Dabolim, in the state of Goa on India’s west coast.

In January 2010, New Delhi and Moscow signed a deal worth $1.2 billion for the delivery of an additional 29 MiG-29Ks to the Indian navy.

The Vikramaditya is expected to carry up to 24 MiG-29K/KUB fighter jets.

India has built with Russia’s assistance a training facility for naval pilots to practice aircraft carrier operations.

The facility, known as NITKA, features a takeoff ramp and arrestor cables to enable naval aviators to practice high-precision and high-acceleration takeoffs and landings.

Refitted Aircraft Carrier Sails Out from Russia to India

Refitted Aircraft Carrier Sails Out from Russia to India

MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) – India’s Vikramaditya aircraft carrier left a shipyard in northern Russia on Tuesday, embarking on a long voyage to its permanent base half way across the world, the Sevmash shipbuilder said.

The Vikramaditya, a refurbished Russian carrier known as the Admiral Gorshkov, will make a short stop for refueling in the White Sea then proceed to the port of Murmansk, where the warship will stay for several days stocking up on fuel and other supplies before heading to a naval base in Karwar in southwestern India.

The aircraft carrier, which was handed over to the Indian navy on November 16, will be accompanied by an Indian tanker and a frigate on the first leg of the voyage, which is expected to take about two months.

According to Sevmash, there are some 180 Russian specialists on board the warship who are tasked with monitoring the vessel’s overall performance and the on-site training of the Indian crew, as well as providing assistance in fixing any possible glitches in the operation of the ship’s systems, including air conditioning.

Part of the Russian personnel will stay on the Vikramaditya after its arrival in India in order to provide maintenance services under a one-year warranty agreement, followed by a servicing contract for a period of up to 40 years, the Sevmash said.

The Indian Navy has already taken delivery of some of the carrier’s MiG-29K naval fighter aircraft, which were completed before their parent ship was ready for sea.

Russian Navy Gets New Carrier-Based Ftghters

Russian Navy Gets New Carrier-Based Ftghters

MOSCOW, November 25 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian navy has taken delivery of its first four series-produced MiG-29K/KUB carrier based fighter jets, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

“The MiG aircraft-manufacturing corporation has handed over two MiG-29K single-seat and two MiG-29KUB twin-seat carrier-based fighter aircraft,” a spokesman said.

The Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract with MiG in February 2012 for delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB fighters by 2015.

The aircraft will be deployed on Russia’s sole serving carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, based in Murmansk with the Northern Fleet.
The Admiral Kuznetsov currently operates Sukhoi Su-33 naval fighter aircraft.

The MiG-29K is a naval variant of the MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jet, and has folding wings, an arrester tail-hook, strengthened airframe and multirole capability thanks to its Zhuk-ME slotted array radar, MiG says.

Unlike the Su-33, which is capable of air defense missions only, the MiG-29K can be armed with a wide variety of air-to-surface as well as air-to-air weaponry and laser-designation systems.

The aircraft is also capable of “buddy” refueling other MiG-29Ks using the PAZ-1MK refueling pod.

So far, the aircraft has only entered service with India, for use on the refitted Russian-built carrier INS Vikramaditya, which was handed over to the Indian Navy on November 15.

For an aircraft carrier ” Vikramaditya ” the superfighter was created

For an aircraft carrier

11/18/2013 Russian newspaper
The official transfer of aircraft carrier to the customer took place on Saturday, November 16. The distinguishing feature of ” Vikramaditya ” – his winged arms. For an aircraft carrier specially developed a new version of the shipborne fighter MiG-29K/MiG-29KUB . According to its specifications, this aircraft is one of the best deck fighters in the world.

The main striking force of any floating airfield – its carrier-based component . ” Vikramaditya ” has on board some of the best fighters of the ship – single MiG- 29K and MiG- 29KUB double . They are capable of protecting the ship and deliver a crushing blow to the enemy , wherever he was in the air , on the water or on the ground
MiG -29 – the fourth-generation fighter , optimized for the conquest of the air , and for being one of the best combat aircraft of the twentieth century. Ship MiG – is a multi- role fighter of generation ” 4 + + ” that can , in contrast to the grandparent to fight on air , and with surface and ground targets around the clock and in all weather conditions. From the classic MiG -29 is preserved only by the outstanding aerodynamic design , thanks to which the airplane today remains a thoroughly modern craft. However , the design of the fuselage still has evolved, which made it possible to increase the maximum take-off weight , fuel tank and combat load . And the insides aircraft was brand new.

Indian Navy received five aircraft carrier-based aircraft

Indian Navy received five aircraft carrier-based aircraft

11.11.2013 Independent Military Review
According to Interfax , the Russian Aircraft Corporation ” MiG ” has completed the delivery of aviation hardware of ship ( ASCT ) on the aircraft carrier ” Vikramaditya “, which will soon be transferred to India . The agency received this information from the general director of the corporation Sergei Korotkov . He also confirmed that the commencement of the option contract for the supply of carrier-based aircraft . Now the five crafts was passed. The rest will be delivered this year and next. The first contract to supply the Indian Navy with 16 multi-function deck-based fighters MiG- 29K ( naval ) and MiG- 29KUB (ship combat training ) was signed in January 2004 , the second – 29 aircraft – in March 2010

More than $12 B contracts inked at MAKS Airshow

More than $12 B contracts inked at MAKS Airshow

MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – More than $12 billion in contracts have been signed at the MAKS-2013 international air and space show near Moscow, a sum exceeding the $10 billion record set in 2009.

United Aircraft Corporation president Mikhail Pogosyan said his company alone had signed at least $12 billion worth of contracts at the MAKS show this year, compared with $7.5 billion last year.

Russia’s state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport has signed five new collaboration agreements with Italy’s Finmeccanica industrial group and OMA SUD aircraft maker, and inked a contract with Cameroon for Mi-17 helicopters. Russia’s MiG fighter jet maker has clinched an agreement with India to establish a servicing center for its aircraft in the Asian country.

The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a comprehensive $3 billion agreement with the UAC on maintenance and servicing of its aircraft, avionics and equipment, and signed a $50 million contract for a unique electronic warfare system.

The UTair airline has signed a contract with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. for six long-haul Superjets, worth $217.2 million.


On Tuesday, the UAC and the Defense Ministry signed a 80 billion ruble ($2.5 billion) contract for the servicing of aircraft, avionics and related equipment. The contract was signed in the presence of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Corporation head Pogosyan said his company’s current portfolio of orders for the Defense Ministry was for over 300 planes, while the total volume of orders as part of the state arms procurement program would be about 600 aircraft.

Under a separate deal, the Defense Ministry will receive three modernized A-50U early-warning-and-control planes this year, said Vartan Shakhgedanov, deputy general designer at the Vega company, which produces the planes.

A contract for a fourth plane is expected to be signed shortly, he added.

Shakhgedanov also said the Defense Ministry would receive the first of the two advanced Tu-214ON planes equipped for the Open Skies international program, at the MAKS airshow. The contract for the two aircraft is worth 5 billion rubles ($150 million), he added.

The Defense Ministry currently uses four An-30 aircraft and one Tu-154MLK-1 under the Open Skies Agreement.

On Wednesday, the MiG fighter jet maker signed two additional contracts with India worth a total $55 million. They are part of a general contract with India’s air force.

Under the first, $43 million contract, a servicing center will be established in India for maintenance and repair of Zhuk-ME on-board radars, MiG representatives said. The second, $12 million contract provides for the creation in India of a servicing center for modernized MiG-29UPG fighter jets.

Russia will deliver six MiG-29K Fulcrum “generation 4++” fighters to India this year as part of a 2010 contract for 29 planes worth $1.5 billion, MiG CEO Sergei Korotkov said.

India currently has 21 aircraft. Under the contract, MiG is to deliver 29 planes before 2015, Korotkov said. Last year four aircraft were delivered and one has been delivered so far this year, he added.

Civil Aviation

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co., the UTair airline and VEB Leasing signed a contract for the delivery of six Sukhoi Superjet-100LR planes, worth $217.2 million.

Deliveries of the 103-seat planes will start next year. The three companies previously signed a preliminary agreement for the delivery of 24 Superjets as the first stage of the implementation of a leasing agreement signed prior to that.

UTair is planning to operate the planes both on domestic flights (western Siberia and European Russia) and on flights to Europe.

The Superjet-100 (SSJ-100) is a short-to-medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in collaboration with US and European aviation corporations including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.

UTair and VEB Leasing also signed a memorandum of intent for the lease of 10 MS-21-300 airliners. Under the deal, the aircraft will be provided between 2018 and 2020. MS-21 aircraft, currently in development, are to replace all models of Tu-154 and Tu-134 aircraft, as well as the Yak-42 in Russia, with initial deliveries due to start in 2017.

Ukraine’s Antonov aircraft maker has handed over a third An-158 passenger airliner to Cuba and signed a contract for the delivery of three more.

Ramon Martinez Echevarria, president of the Cuban Civil Aviation Corporation, thanked Russia’s leasing company, Ilyushin Finance Co., and the Antonov aircraft manufacturer for making the deal possible. The delivery of the other three aircraft has been planned for next year, Echevarria said, adding that they would help boost the tourist flow to and from Cuba.

The An-158 is made by Ukraine, but about 60 percent of its components are Russian-produced, which is why Russia has an interest in facilitating such deals, Russia’s minister for industry and trade, Denis Manturov, told a group of aviation students in Moscow in February. The aircraft also uses components that are French, German and US made, with the share of this last being under the 10 percent cutoff point that would prevent it being sold to Cuba under US sanctions.

Bombardier Q400 NextGen

Russian state corporation Rostec and Bombardier announced Wednesday that they had signed a letter of intent for the sale of 50 Q400 NextGen aircraft, The Wall Street Journal reported. The two companies also signed a memorandum of understanding to validate the opportunity to set up a Q400 NextGen final assembly line in Russia.

If definitive agreements are reached, a firm-order contract for 100 Q400 NextGen aircraft would be valued at around $3.39 billion, the WSJ said.

At present there are more than 120 Bombardier commercial aircraft in service in Russia and other the CIS states, Bombardier forecasts a market demand of about 400 aircraft in the region over the next two decades, the WSJ said.


In a groundbreaking deal, Russia on Wednesday inked a deal to deliver Mi-17 military transport helicopters to Cameroon. The deal was signed by Cameroon’s Defense Ministry and Russia’s state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport, which is part of Russian Technologies.

It was not immediately clear how many helicopters Russia would deliver under the contract or when.


Russia’s Defense Ministry will sign a contract with the Kazan-based Enix company for 34 short-range reconnaissance drones before the end of the year, Enix General Designer Valery Pobezhimov told RIA Novosti.

Deliveries of 17 Eleron-3SV complexes comprising 34 drones should start in the first quarter of next year, he said.

Eleron-3SV is a modernized unmanned aerial vehicle that was approved for service with the Russian Armed Forces earlier this year. The system is about “five times cheaper” than its Western analogues, Pobezhimov said.