Russia to deliver six warplanes to India

Russia to deliver six warplanes to India
# 29 August 2013 00:17 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Russia is set to deliver six more jet fighters of 4++ generation this year to India's air force in line with a deal with New Delhi, the MIG aircraft corporation said Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"India currently exploits 21 aircraft. In line with a contract, we must deliver 29 planes by 2015. Last year, we've delivered four planes. This year, we've delivered one plane and six aircraft remain to be delivered," MIG's Director General Sergei Korotkov told reporters at the MAKS air show.

The six-day MAKS show kicked off in the city of Zhukovsky outside Moscow on Tuesday.

MIG signed a 1.5-billion-U.S. dollar deal with India in 2010 to deliver 29 warplanes MIG-29K-KUB.

This is the second such contract between the Russian aircraft construction corporation and New Delhi. The first deal to supply India with 16 MIGs-29 was signed in 2004 and completed in 2011.

During the MAKS, the Russian corporation also signed two deals worth 55 million dollars to built a center in India to service MIG 's avionics and hardware, the corporation's spokeswoman Elena Fedorova told Xinhua.

The MIG's partner in those deals is the Basant Aerospace Privet Ltd, she added.

MIG commenced production of new unified family of multi-role fighters of the 4++ generation in 2005.

The double-seat MIG-29K-KUB is a multi-role fighter intended for air-defense missions of naval forces, air superiority gaining, sea and ground targets destruction with high precision guided weapons day and night and in any weather conditions.

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