“The contract for delivery of the carrier-based fighters will be implemented in 2016 (six jets of the type will be delivered to the customer in 2016),” RAC MiG CEO Sergey Korotkov said. According to him, a total of 12 more fighters should be delivered to India under the second contract. “This year we will deliver six jets and six more – in 2016,” he said.
Speaking of further procurement of Russian MiG-29K/KUB carrier-based fighters by India, Korotkov said: “Yes, we hope to continue our cooperation”.
According to foreign sources, India is going to establish a new military unit operating carrier-based fighters. “It makes no sense to operate two types of carrier-based aircraft in order to perform the same tasks. That is why we hope to sign a new contract for delivery of MiG-29K/KUB jets,” Korotkov explained.
It was reported earlier that the first contract for delivery of 16 multi-role carrier-based MiG-29K/KUB fighters to India was signed in January 2004, the second one (for delivery of 29 jets of the type) – in March 2010.
MiG-29KUB fighter performed its maiden flight in January 2007. Production jet of the type performed its maiden flight in March 2008. The first fighter of the type was delivered to Indian navy in late 2009.