Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG will deliver 10 deck-based MiG-29K/KUB fighters to Russian navy in 2014, Lenta.ru reports with reference to the CEO of RAC MiG, Sergey Korotkov.
According to him, RAC MiG will also deliver six jets of the type to Indian navy. In 2013 Russian and Indian navy took delivery of four and seven MiG-29K/KUB fighters respectively.
Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract for delivery of MiG-29K/KUB aircraft in February 2012. Under this agreement RAC MiG must deliver 20 single-seat MiG-29K jets and four two-seat MiG-29KUB jets to the customer. It was reported in November 2013 that all of the abovementioned aircraft should be delivered to the Russian navy by 2015.
All the deck-based MiG-29K/KUB fighters will be operated by the 279th regiment of Russian navy stationed onboard “Admiral flota Sovetskogo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov” (stands for "Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Union N.G. Kuznetsov") aircraft carrier. At present the regiment is operating 10 heavy deck-based Su-33 fighters and 2 Su-25UTG strike fighters. The Su-33 jets will be taken out of service in 2015. So the new MiG-29K/KUB fighters will replace them.
In mid-February 2014, Deputy CEO of RAC MiG, Sergey Mamaev, stated that the corporation plans to double its current output by 2017. Today the enterprise manufactures 16 aircraft per year and by 2017 this value should exceed 30 jets per year.