Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG) started the flight testing of ship-based MiG-29K/KUB fighters manufactured in accordance with the State Defense Procurement, press-service of RAC MiG reports.
The head of the corporation’s flight department, senior test-pilot, Mikhail Belyaev, said that “functionality of almost all the aircraft systems has been checked” in the network of testing of the first MiG-29KUB assembled in accordance with the State Defense Procurement.
CEO of RAC MiG, Sergey Korotkov, noted that successful start of the testing of serial fighters intended for Russian navy is a significant milestone in terms of fulfilling the state contract. «We will do our best», – Sergey Korotkov said.
The ship-based MiG-29K fighters (single-seat) and MiG-29KUB (two-seat) are multi-role “4++”-generation jets intended for performing air defense and air superiority missions, destroying surface and ground targets using guided high-precision weapons under any lighting and weather conditions. The jet’s airframe has been upgraded (a lot of its components are made of composites now). The fighters are fitted with all-digital fly-by-wire control system with a quadruple redundancy; they have lower radar visibility. The capacity of the aircraft’s fuel system and the jet’s payload have been increased. The vehicles are equipped with open architecture avionics. The maiden flight of MiG-29KUB prototype was performed in January 2007. The serial jet performed its maiden flight in March 2008. The deliveries of MiG-29K/KUB fighters to Indian navy were started in 2009.
We remind you that Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) and RAC MiG signed a contract for delivery of 24 MiG-29k/KUB ship-based fighters in February 2012. The jets manufactured in the network of State Defense Procurement meet the requirements of the MoD.