After the upgrades the Indian Air Force's MiG-29UPGs will have features somewhat similar to this Indian Navy MiG-29K (Image © Indian Navy)

Indian Navy MiG-29s awaiting Russian trials

The Indian Navy Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29Ks are awaiting trials by Russian manufacturer Irkut to prove that the Fulcrums can land and make a go-around on an aircraft carrier with only a single engine engaged, military sources in New Delhi say.

Some Indian media like The Hindu are questioning the operations capability of the new shipborne fighters that operate from the deck of the INS Vikramaditya, a former Kiev-class Russian aircraft carrier. Engine problems are the main reason of concern, with reportedly 30 of the MiG-29K engines already having problems on the 13 out of 45 ordered Navy Fulcrums commissioned so far.

The Indian Navy is now awaiting Russian trials on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov before it clears its MiG-29Ks for single-engine approaches and landings. The Vikramaditya and its air wing are still in working-up trials and do not operate too far from shore to give the fighter pilots a secondary airfield on land to divert to in case the jocks encounter technical issues with their planes.

© 2015 editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: An Indian Navy MiG-29K (Image © Indian Navy)

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