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Russia tests upgraded MiG fighter jet for India

Last Updated: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 08:24

Moscow: Russia`s MiG corporation on Friday carried out the first test fight of a MiG-29 fighter modernised under a contract with the Indian Air Force (IAF).

"On February 04, a MiG-29UPG fighter carried out its first test flight. The flight lasted for an hour and was flawless," MiG said in a statement.

The IAF has awarded the MiG corporation a USD 900 million contract to upgrade all of its 69 operational MiG-29s.

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.

In 2007, Russia also gave India`s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) a license to manufacture 120 RD-33 series three turbojet engines for the upgrade.

The first six aircraft are being upgraded in Russia while the remaining 63 will be refitted at the HAL facility in India.


First Published: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 08:24

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