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Russia's Navy will buy at least 24 MiG-29K (Fulcrum-D) fighters to be deployed on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, an unnamed Defense Ministry official said on Friday.
He added that deliveries of the carrier-based multirole fighters would start in 2010.
The MiGs will subsequently replace the Su-33 (Flanker-D) carrier-based fighters, even though their service life does not expire until 2025.
Military analyst Konstantin Makiyenko suggested that production of new Su-33 aircraft was possible but not cost-effective, given the small production volumes, whereas considering that India has already contracted 16 MiG-29K's and could place an order for another 28, the latter option is more financially viable.
The 24 aircraft will cost an estimated $1 billion.
Originally posted by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
What's going to happen to the Flankers then?
Originally posted by Dimitri DzengalshleviWhat's going to happen to the Flankers then?
Rumor is that Russia has plans to build more carriers in the coming years, maybe they will be re-assigned to a newer taskforce than the Northern Fleet?
India’s biggest military hardware supplier, Russia, which was asked for information on the Sukhoi-33, has opted out of the race saying it is phasing out the plane, a navy source told The Telegraph. But Russia is negotiating with China to sell 50 Sukhoi-33 aircraft for the Chinese PLA Navy’s aircraft-carrier programme.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
Apparently the Russians seem to be refraining from taking any new Su-33K orders as seen here, when they apparently turned down an RFI from the Indian Navy
At the risk of going off-topic, what makes this little RFI even more interesting is that the IN went to EADS and SAAB. So a Sea-Typhoon (resurrection?) or a Sea-Gripen?
The RFI was also sent out to to Boeing (F/A-18), Lockheed Martin (F-35), and of course never can leave out Dassault (Rafale).
Now getting back on topic, here is an interesting video of Indian Navy MiG29Ks being tested off a carrier deck (Kuznetsov I presume?)..
Originally posted by Darkpr0
If Kuznetsov-style carriers are going to be introduced you can expect either a Su-33K as a heavy-class aircraft or a PAK-FA naval derivative since the MiG-29K does not seem to stretch the carrier's capabilities (notice in the clip in your link at about 32 seconds, the 29K is not using the ski-jump). If the 29K is going to be the only naval fighter aircraft then you can probably just expect smaller carriers to come out of Russia.