IAF to fly upgraded MiG-29 Fulcrum

Indo-Asian News Service

The first fleet of MiG-29 UPG (upgraded) fighter jets have been delivered to India.

“The first three aircraft have been transported to India on board an AN-124 heavy-lift transport plane,” the MiG company said in a statement said.

Indian has signed a contract to modernize the fleet of MiG-29 aircraft in service with Indian Air Force (IAF), the Mikhoyan Girovich (MiG) aircraft maker said.

“The MiG Corporation … has started deliveries of upgraded MiG-29UPG fighter jets to the Indian Air Force,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

The Indian Air Force has signed a deal to upgrade the entire fleet of its operational MiG-29. Three aircrafts has been delivered in first fleet.

This upgrade has renewed the service of life these aircrafts by another 30 years.

MiG-29s are the most powerful fighter planes in Indian fleet. MiG Corporation has not only upgraded the avionics of the aircraft but also the radar system of MiG-29s aircraft.

These upgrades include a new avionics kit, with the N-109 radar being replaced by a Phazatron Zhuk-M radar. The aircraft is also being equipped to enhance beyond-visual-range combat ability and for air-to-air refuelling to increase flying time.

According to deal, six aircraft will be upgraded in Russia while the remaining will be upgraded by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) in India.

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