Russia Ready to Send More MiG-29K Fighters to India
Russia Ready to Send More MiG-29K Fighters to India © Sputnik/ Ruslan Krivobok
Russia is ready to send additional Mikoyan MiG-29K/KUB aircraft to India if New Dehli decides to increase its MiG-29K/KUB fleet.
“The Indian Navy plans to establish three naval aircraft squadrons that will fly MiG-29K/KUB. Two of the squadrons will be deployed to two aircraft carriers, while the third one will be used for training,” Sergei Korotkov, who heads Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, told RIA Novosti.
If India’s Ministry of Defense decides to increase its MiG-29K/KUB fleet, the design bureau will be able to complete this order, Korotkov added. India’s first squadron, comprising of 12 MiG-29K/KUB fighter jets, was established in 2013.
In January 2010, New Delhi and Moscow signed a deal worth $1.2 billion for the delivery of additional 29 MiG-29Ks to the Indian navy.
“Our cooperation does not amount to aircraft delivery. Indian companies supply high-end systems for MiG-29K/KUB. Our test pilots helped their counterparts to master new projects,” Korotkov said. India is MiG’s top priority partner worldwide, he added.