RAC MiG Began to Supply Upgraded Mig-29 Fighters to the Indian Air Force
(Source: MIG Aircraft; issued December 10, 2012)
Russia has delivered the first three MiG-29s it is upgrading to MiG-29UPG standard for India. HAL will upgrade most of India’s remaining 60 aircraft to the same standard, the most modern Fulcrum to date.(UAC photo)
JSC Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (part of the United Aircraft Corporation) began to supply upgraded MiG-29 fighters to the Indian Air Force. The first three aircraft are delivered to India by An-124 transport aircraft.

Modernization significantly extends the range of tasks performed by MiG-29. The upgraded aircraft, along with increased capability to fight air targets, acquire the ability to strike ground (surface) moving and stationary targets with precision weapons by day and night and in any weather conditions.

The maiden flight of the upgraded MiG-29UPG took place on February 4, 2011 at the airdrome of the Flight Research Institute named after M.M. Gromov.

The contract provides repair and modification of aircraft for the purpose of extending the life up to 3,500 flight hours and service life - up to 40 years. Developments of the RAC MiG can significantly extend the life cycle of MiG-29, which was proven by the experience of modernization in a number of countries.

General Director of JSC RAC MiG Sergei Korotkov said: "The aircraft delivery, upgraded in Russia - is the first step in the contract execution for the modernization of a large fleet of the Indian Air Force MiG-29s. We are getting ready for the second phase of work, which provides modernization of fighters in India in close cooperation with the Indian industry". (ends)

Russia Delivers 3 Upgraded MiG-29s to India
(Source: The Hindu; published Dec. 10, 2012)
Russia has delivered the first three of the upgraded MiG-29 fighters to India, more than two years behind schedule.

The planes were flown to India aboard an AN-124 heavy lift transport aircraft, the MiG Corporation said in a statement on Monday.

The modernisation has added punch and versatility to the potent platform. Originally designed as an air superiority fighter, the upgraded planes have been equipped with air-to-surface missiles to engage ground targets.

The MiG-29s have been equipped with new avionics, weapons, radar, glass cockpit, helmet-mounted displays and an inflight refuelling system.

The MiG statement said that as per the contract, the plane’s service life has been extended to 3,500 flight hours and 40 years.

Repeated delays

Under a $1-billion contract signed in 2008, Russia is to upgrade the Indian Air Force’s fleet of 63 MiG-29s. The first six planes are to be overhauled in Russia and the rest in India. Russia was to begin deliveries in March 2010 but the programme faced repeated delays.

Describing the delivery of the three upgraded planes as the first step in the execution of the contract, MiG Director-General Sergei Korotkov said his company was making preparations for the second stage, “which involves modernisation of the fighters in India in close cooperation with Indian industry.”


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