India Navy's MiG-29K to start trials on aircraft carrier INS Vikrant

According to information published by Rashtriya Astra Forum on January 25, 2023, the Indian MiG-29K fighter aircraft have started their trials on the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Mikoyan MiG-29K fighter aircraft on the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. (Picture source: Instagram account of Prince_of_dreams97)

The Mikoyan MiG-29K is a fourth-generation, twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft developed by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan design bureau. It is the naval variant of the MiG-29, and is designed for aircraft carrier operations. The aircraft was first introduced in the late 1980s and has been in service with the Russian Navy since the 1990s.

The MiG-29K is equipped with a wide range of advanced weapons and systems, including a 30mm cannon, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and smart bombs. It is also equipped with advanced avionics, including a radar, electronic warfare systems, and a helmet-mounted sight.

The aircraft is capable of performing a wide range of missions, including air-to-air combat, air-to-ground attack, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare. It has a maximum speed of over 2,000 km/h (1,200 mph), and a maximum range of 1,500 km (930 mi) with in-flight refueling.

The Indian Navy has acquired the MiG-29K to equip the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. It will be the primary fighter aircraft for the Indian navy carrier.

Overall, the MiG-29K is a highly capable, modern fighter aircraft that is well-suited for aircraft carrier operations and will be a valuable asset for the Indian Navy's air defense capabilities.