As part of the $1.5 billion Admiral Gorshkov deal signed in January 2004, Russia’s MiG Corporation is to develop and supply 12 MiG-29K single-seater fighters with multi-role capabilities and 4 twin-seater MiG-29KUB combat-cum-trainer aircraft for $740 million.
Talking to FE, Alexey Fedrov, director-general of RAC MiG said, “The serial production of the planes has already commenced, the work is moving ahead strictly as per schedule.”
Mr Fedrov said that the MiG 29K meant for the aircraft carrier is on schedule with no complaints from the Indian side and with no technical or financial problems.
“The fact that we have received second tranche of the advance payment from the Indian government is an indication that things are moving ahead strictly on schedule,” he said.
“The representatives of the Indian Navy and ministry of defence have access to MiG design bureau and production units to constantly monitor the implementation of the deal,” he added.
The RAC MiG will also implement new operational principles in India. They will enhance aircraft availability up to 80-90% on the one hand, and reduce operational costs by 40% on the other, he pointed out.
According to the contract, it requires radical improvement of operational parameters, as compared with those of of the Indian Air Force MiG 29.
Certain new solutions will be implemented including the introduction of the “on condition” operational strategy.