Russian MiG-29s and Ka-31s to be stationed aboard INS Vikrant

The newest air wing of the Indian aircraft carrier Vikrant will be composed of the Russian MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB, as well as Ka-31 helicopters, RIA Novosti learned on Wednesday from a senior official at FSMTC (Federal Service for Military and Technical Co-Operation) of Russia.

The newest air wing of the Indian aircraft carrier Vikrant will be composed of the Russian MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB, as well as Ka-31 helicopters, RIA Novosti learned on Wednesday from a senior official at FSMTC (Federal Service for Military and Technical Co-Operation) of Russia.

The aircraft carrier Vikrant is currently in the final stages of construction in India.

“The Russian side is actually providing much needed technical assistance to its Indian partners in the creation and development of their national aircraft carrier, the Vikrant. On board they expect to place the aircraft MiG-29 and Ka-31,” said the spokesperson.

According to him, Russia is also supplying all necessary aviation and technical equipment needed by this ship, and Russian experts are involved in the development and adjustment of the technical documentation for individual systems.

“In addition, currently, based on requests received from the Indian side, Russia is preparing proposals for the supply of a number of additional systems and equipment,” said the representative of the federal service.

In 2013, Russia sold India the modernized aircraft carrier Vikramaditya (formerly the “Admiral Gorshkov”), on which the MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB and helicopters Ka-28 and Ka-31 are based.

First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.

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