MiG-29K ser­vice cen­tre for In­dian Navy next year

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The In­dian Navy can ex­pect a full ser­vice cen­tre for its fleet of MiG-29Ks next year as part of con­tract pro­vi­sions. Last year, RAC-MiG signed off­set agree­ments with In­dian pri­vate firm Bas­ant Aero­space worth $55 mil­lion, in­clud­ing a $43 mil­lion to es­tab­lish a ser­vice cen­tre in In­dia ded­i­cated to restor­ing and re­pair of the MiG-29K’s pri­mary Pha­zotron-NIIP Zhuk-ME radar, and a $12-mil­lion deal for a ser­vice cen­tre ded­i­cated to re­pair of equip­ment for the up­graded MiG-29K in In­dia. The deals in­clude ware­houses and an un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply chain of spare parts. The In­dian Navy re­ceived seven more MiG-29K/KUB jets in 2013 to­wards a to­tal fleet on or­der of 45 air­craft based out of Goa’s INS Hansa naval air sta­tion. MiG Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Sergei Korotkov also re­cently re­vealed that up­grade kits for the first six MiG-29K fighters had been handed over to the In­dian Navy for on-site upgra­da­tion at Goa as part of a deal signed in 2009. The other air­craft will be up­graded lo­cally un­der trans­ferred tech­nol­ogy as part of the orig­i­nal con­tract. Upgra­da­tion of the first six air­craft has al­ready be­gun and mak­ing steady progress.

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