Moscow: Russia will complete the upgradation of Indian Air Force’s 60 MiG-29 fighters by 2013 which will extend their service life by another 15 years.
“The implementation of the contract signed between India and Russia started last year, and it will be fulfilled in 2013,” a defence source was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
Under the contract signed last year, Russia’s RAC MiG aircraft corporation will upgrade over 60 MiG-29 fighters, in service with the IAF since the 1980s and service life of the aircraft will be extended from 25 to 40 years.
The contract also stipulates the construction of MiG consignment depots and service centres in India to resolve the problem of timely supply of spares and after sale services, as well as flight simulators for pilot training.
The upgrade MiG-29s will be fitted with advanced avionics, new multi-functional Zhuk-ME radars, a new weapon control system, as well as modernised RD-33 engines.
According to defence official quoted by the agency, first four Indian MiG-29 fighters are being modernised and flight-tested in Russia and the remaining aircraft will be overhauled in India with the Russian technical assistance.