The Russian Navy is to receive the last of 20 MiG-29K Fulcrums this year, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow reported on Sunday 26 July. The final delivery will conclude a contract signed in 2012. The Fulcrums are meant to operate from Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Admiral Kuznetsov.
In Russia, the MiG-29K is seen as a replacement for older Sukhoi Su-33 Flankers operating from the Kuznetsov. The type was developed in partnership with India, which has ordered a total of 45 MiGs for its navy. Among these are MiG-29KUB two-seater variants.
The Russian ministry of Defense has stated the MiG-29K will be used to equip a new unit within the Northern naval fleet.
Source: Russian Ministry of Defence
Featured image: A MiG-29K on the Kuznetsov (Image © Mikoyan Gurevich)