Indian navy to hold MiG tests farther from Goa coast

Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 20:21

Panaji: Indian Navy has agreed to hold its
tests on to-be inducted MiG aircrafts `further out at sea`, as
sonic booms created by the air crafts were causing panic among
locals residing near the coast.

"We have noticed the concerns of people and measures have
been instituted to carry out the tests," a Naval spokesman

Although the tests are held 25 nautical miles off the
coast, it is possible that the sonic booms created by the
aircraft whilst transiting to supersonic flight have been
audible to local populace, he said.

Panic had prevailed among locals living on southern and
northern coast of the state February 11 and 16 after they
heard "mysterious blasts", as reported earlier.

Later, the state government had clarified that explosions
were caused due to the Indian Navy`s ongoing tests of Russian
made MiG 29K fighter jets to be inducted in the fleet of
Indian fighter jets.

Indian Navy today said that they are holding tests in the
run up for inducting these aircrafts in the force.

Chief Minister Digamber Kamat had requested Indian Navy
to conduct the tests little far off the coast as the blasts
were creating fear in the locals.


First Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 20:21

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