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.
According to the head of the Russian Navy Naval Aviation Igor Kozhin, the aircrafts for the State Defense Order are manufactured with a new technical view meeting the requirements of the Defense Ministry.
General Director of MiG Company Sergei Korotkov said that the corporation plans to increase the supply of combat MiG-29K/KUB for Russian Ministry of Defense.
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.
They are designed to solve problems of air defense of naval forces, air supremacy, hitting of surface and ground targets with precision weapons, day and night in all weather conditions.
Jets have improved airframe with a high proportion of composite materials, wire aircraft control system with quadruple redundancy, significantly reduced radar signature, increased fuel capacity and payload, open architecture of avionics.
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.
It should be noted that currently Russian designers are developing the MiG-35 fighters. The MiG corporation will have three years to perfect the design of its MiG-35 aircraft and prepare its smooth transition to mass production.
The MiG-35, an advanced derivative of the MiG-29, can be armed with air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles and is fitted with the Zhuk-A advanced multimode radar, according to MiG. In April, MiG’s CEO Sergei Korotkov said he expected the company would sign a deal to sell the aircraft to the Russian Air Force.