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Indian MiG-29K/KUB test flight onboard the Kuznetsov

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Thanks for the pics Ghost. Nice to see the KUB's in the IN colours. Now all the IN needs is the grossly overpriced carrier :grin:

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well with the successful nuclear deal we can get rid of blacmailing russia.

 

the price we are paying for that rickety carrier is about $4 billion,in which one can buy a new one.

 

but its a good news for navy as after the grounding of sea harrier fleet it was left with a carrier with no aircrafts.

 

MiG or UAC is also happy,at least someone purchased the k version.

 

Maybe in future we will see superhornets in indian colour too.

 

:cool:

 

 

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nice handling plane around the ship and very impressive launch performance without a cat.

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nice handling plane around the ship and very impressive launch performance without a cat.

 

 

They're probably realllllly light on fuel, with a planned tanker rendezvous down the road.

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They're probably realllllly light on fuel, with a planned tanker rendezvous down the road.

 

This footage is also of them taking off without any stores! Something tells me you're right about the low fuel quantity. Taking off without a catapult assist and with bombs and missiles, that weight has to get shaved somewhere.

 

Though I have to say, those Fulcrums look gorgeous, and that's definately a cool video!

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one thing I notice and found intresting is how slow the carrier is moving, not even close to the 25-30 knots a carrier does in normal operations and what it should do if the AC are taking off with full combat weight

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Indian Navy’s first four MiG-29K fighters arrive in knocked down condition

December 5th, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS -

 

New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) The first four Russian-made Mig-29K fighters to be deployed on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, formerly the Admiral Gorshkov, when it is inducted into the Indian Navy have been received in a knocked-down condition and will now be assembled in this country, an official said Saturday.

The jets arrived in the country Dec 4, celebrated as Navy Day.

 

“The four jets, in a knocked down condition, were delivered yesterday (Friday) by an AN-124 aircraft. It will be a while before the jets are assembled and start flying,” an Indian Navy official said but refused the divulge the present location of the aircraft.

 

The jets were purchased by the Indian Navy as part of a $1.5 billion deal signed with Russia in January 2004 for the Admiral Gorshkov. Of this $740 million was meant for the aircraft and the balance for the refitting of the carrier The Russians have now upped the price to between $2.2 billion and $2.9 billion and negotiations on this are currently underway.

 

The navy will eventually be getting 12 MiG-29K single-seater aircraft and four MiG-29KUB twin-seat trainer aircraft, some in flyaway condition. The trainer version is similar to the single-seater but with a slightly reduced operational range.

 

The navy has named its MiG-29K squadron the “Black Panthers”. As the 45,000 tonne Kiev class aircraft carrier, is scheduled to be delivered by 2012, the jets will undertake shore-based sorties from Goa.

 

The contract for the jets also stipulates the procurement of hardware for pilot training and aircraft maintenance, including flight simulators and interactive ground and sea-based training systems.

 

The navy’s MiG-29Ks have arrester gear and stronger landing gear for carrier landings, folding wings and rust-proofing to prevent corrosion from salt water.

 

The aircraft features a fully digitised glass cockpit, improved engine protection against ingestion of foreign particles like birds, a multi-mode radar and increased range. The contract ensures that the navy gets the entire spectrum of services, including a full mission simulator.

 

The MiG-29K will provide aerial cover the carrier’s battle group, acquire air superiority and destroy sea-borne and ground-based targets with guided high-precision weapons during the day and at night and in any weather conditions.

 

The aircraft, the first bought by the navy after the Sea Harriers, will also be capable of playing the role of a midair refueller.

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The Kuznetsov never had catapults. The MiG-29K, Su-33/27K, and that prototype Su-25 have always done it that way.

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Navy to formally induct MIG-298Ks in February

 

NEW DELHI: The Indian Navy will induct on Feb 19 the first four Russian-made Mig-29K combat jets for deployment on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya( formerly Admiral Gorshkov).

 

"The aircraft will be formally inducted Feb 19," a senior Indian Navy official told.

 

The fighters are operating offshore Goa in the absence of the aircraft carrier The combat jets had arrived in the country in knocked down condition last year Dec 4.

 

"The jets have been assembled and the Russian pilots are flying them. It is a standard procedure. Very soon Indian Navy pilots will take over from them," the official added.

 

The jets were purchased by the Indian Navy as part of a $1.5 billion deal signed with Russia in January 2004 for Admiral Gorshkov. Of this, $740 million was meant for the aircraft and the balance for refitting the carrier. The Russians have now upped the price to between $2.2 billion and $2.9 billion and negotiations are currently under way.

 

The navy will eventually be getting 12 MiG-29K single-seater aircraft and four MiG-29KUB twin-seat trainer aircraft, some in flyaway condition. The trainer version is similar to the single-seater but with a slightly reduced operational range.

 

The navy has named its MiG-29K squadron the "Black Panthers".

 

The jets will undertake shore-based sorties from Goa as the 45,000-tonne Kiev class aircraft carrier is scheduled to be delivered by 2012.

 

The contract for the jets also stipulates the procurement of hardware for pilot training and aircraft maintenance, including flight simulators and interactive ground and sea-based training systems.

 

Indian Navy pilots were sent to the US for deck landing training and qualified flying instructors (QFIs) to Russia for conversion flying (converting to different aircraft).

 

The pilots will do the conversion flying in Goa under the supervision of QFIs. Four to five batches comprising four pilots each had gone to the US for deck landing training.

 

The navy's MiG-29Ks have arrester gear and stronger landing gear for carrier landings, folding wings and rust-proofing to prevent corrosion from salt water.

 

The aircraft features a fully digitised glass cockpit, improved engine protection against ingestion of foreign particles like birds, a multi-mode radar and increased range. The contract ensures that the navy gets the entire spectrum of services, including a full mission simulator.

 

The MiG-29K will provide aerial cover to the carrier's battle group, acquire air superiority and destroy sea-borne and ground-based targets with guided high-precision weapons during the day and at night and in any weather condition.

 

The aircraft, the first bought by the navy after the Sea Harriers, will also be capable of playing the role of midair refueller.

 

In a bid to revamp its aviation capability, the Indian Navy will also be inking a contract to buy 29 more MiG-29Ks worth nearly $1.2 billion from Russia. A Russian team arrived here in January to finetune the contract terms.

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