DTN News: Russian Navy To Receive New Carrier-Based Fighters
DTN News: Russian Navy To Receive New Carrier-Based Fighters*Source: DTN News / RIA Novosti
(NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW, Russia - January 16, 2010: Russia's Navy will take delivery of the first MiG-29K (Fulcrum-D) fighters later this year, a Navy official said on Friday.
"This year we are planning to buy the first batch of several machines," he said.
He did not give an exact figure for the fighters, which are due to be deployed on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.
The Navy earlier said it would buy a total of 24 MiG-29Ks in the next three to four years.
The military official said the Navy was currently using MiG-29K carrier-based multirole fighters and the more advanced Su-33 (Flanker-D) fighters, which will subsequently replace the MiGs.Here is some pretty cool footage of two Russian MiG-29K fighters operating from the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov that gets your adrenalin pumping.
"The Su-33s' service life is to expire in 2015, but we intend to extend it through 2025," he said.
Military analyst Konstantin Makiyenko has suggested that production of new Su-33 aircraft is possible but not cost-effective, given the small production volumes, whereas considering that India has already contracted 16 MiG-29Ks and could place an order for another 28, the latter option is more financially viable.
The 24 aircraft will cost an estimated $1 billion.