RAC “MiG” commences MiG-29K/KUB test flightsIn January, 2007 RAC “MiG” commenced test flights of the MiG-29K/KUB ship borne fighters.
On 20th January 2007 the first flight of the MiG-29 KUB took place at the Gromov Flight Research Center. The flight was conducted by Mikhail Belyaev and Pavel Vlasov (Chief of the test program). They were pleased to report the exceptional performance of the aircraft.
The bulk of the MiG-29K/KUB flight tests have been conducted since 2002 using 8 modified and upgraded MiG-29 aircraft. The total number of flights so far is around 700.
On 20th January, 2004 the Indian Navy signed a contract with RAC “MiG” for 16 MiG-29K/KUB multifunctional ship borne fighters with a further option for 30 more aircraft to be delivered by 2015. In 2005 another additional contract was signed for the MiG-29K/KUB’s armament.
The contract has progressed according to schedule. Two pre-production aircraft have been built to carry out the certification tests. Production of 16 aircraft for the Indian Navy is under way.
The MiG-29K single-seater and the MiG-29 KUB double-seater are new multifunctional combat aircraft that belong to the unificated family of RAC “MiG” aircraft. Other aircraft in the family include the MiG-29M/M2 and the MiG-35. The family member aircraft differ from the previous MiG-29s by their extended combat efficiency, improved flight and operational performance, advanced airframe, engines and avionics systems.
The performance requirements of the MiG-29K/KUB has been jointly specified and coordinated with the Indian MoD and Navy in order that the aircraft sets new global standards of performance.
Program partners on the MiG-29K/KUB include the following leading Russian aerospace companies:
- The Klimov Plant – RD-33MK – design, development and testing of the RD-33MK engine;
- The Chernyshev Moscow engine plant – main production of the RD-33MK engine;
- Krasny Oktyabr – manufacture of the KSA-33M aircraft gear box;
- The Phazotron-NIIR Corporation –design and manufacture of the Zhuk-ME radar;
- The Precision Instruments Research Institute – optronics design;
- The Ramenskoye Design Bureau – joint design of the avionics, integration of the avionics systems;
- The State Scientific Research Institute on Aviation systems (GOSNIIAS) – software developing, creation of complex avionics’ test rig.
In accordance with the Customer’s request the ÌiG-29Ê/ÊUB avionics suite is composed of internationally produced components, supplied by the companies from India, France and Israel, as well as from Russia.
The MiG-29K and KUB were created by the world renowned Mikoyan Design Bureau headed by Vladimir Barkovskiy, RAC “MiG” Deputy Director General - General Designer. Nikolay Buntin is the Chief Designer of the MiG-29K/KUB aircraft.
MiG Corp. press release