Russia will deliver seven MiG-29K fighters to India in 2013, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the director of Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Alexander Fomin.
"We have successfully performed the first contract – all the 16 fighters have been delivered. Moreover, four out of 29 fighters have already been delivered in the network of the second contract. The jets were delivered to the customer in 2012. We plan to deliver 7 more fighters in 2013", - Alexander Fomin said.
He did not specify the second contract’s completion date, but he reminded that there are some problems with the delivery of Vikramaditya aircraft carrier and noted that sometimes it is necessary to harmonize the deliveries of aircraft and a carrier.
"Each product has its own warranty period and service life, which come into force right from the date of delivery. So some problems related to the after-sales service may surface. That is why contractors are trying to harmonize the delivery dates of the fighters and the carrier. Itisveryimportant", - directorofFSMTCsaid.
The contract on delivery of 16 single-seat and two-seat fighters was signed in 2004 in the network of Russian-Indian intergovernmental agreement related to upgrading of Vikramaditya aircraft carrier. The additional contract on delivery of 29 jets was signed in March 2010. The first fighters have been delivered to the Indian navy in 2009.
As reported by the CEO of RAC MiG, Sergey Korotkov, the corporation has successfully completed the testing of fighters onboard of Vikramaditya and the governmental customer has signed a protocol confirming that this work has been completed.