MiG-29K Multirole Fighter Aircraft _ UPSC

MiG-29K Multirole Fighter Aircraft | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Aircraft carriers to get Indian jets by 2032

      WHY IN NEWS:

They will replace MiG-29Ks

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      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS you should know the replacement , features , specifications and its role in Indian Navy .

For MAINS do you think this aircraft needs more state of art technology integration ?

      ISSUE: 

Navy is looking to revise the tender for 57 carrier-based jets downwards  

MiG-29K Multirole Fighter Aircraft IAS
MiG-29K 
  • The Navy is expected to start receiving new twin-engine aircraft carrier-based fighter aircraft being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) by 2032 .
  • This will be a replacement for the Russian MiG-29K carrier jets in service.

MiG-29K

  • The Mikoyan MiG-29K is a Russian all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft developed by the Mikoyan Design Bureau.
  • The MiG-29K was developed in the late 1980s from the MiG-29M.
  • Mikoyan describes it as a 4+ generation aircraft.

FEATURES

Multi-function radar and several new cockpit displays.

  • HOTAS (hands-on-throttle-and-stick) controls.
  • Air-to-air missiles.
  • Along with missiles for anti-ship and anti-radar operations.
  • It has several ground/strike precision-guided weapons.
  • The Navy currently has 45 Russian MiG-29K aircraft .

THE REPLACEMENT

The Navy is expected to get the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL)-built twin-engine carrier aircraft by 2032.   

  • It will replace the MiG-29Ks in service which are scheduled to start going out by 2034.

The Navy currently operates Russian-origin carrier INS Vikramaditya and expects to have the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-I) Vikrant operational by 2022.

  • Last January, the naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully completed arrested landing and take-off on board Vikramaditya and has since undertaken several trials.

DECK-BASED FIGHTER

  • Based on the experience of the carrier landing, the DRDO has offered to develop a twin-engine deck-based fighter for the Navy.
  • With the successful deck-landing, they decided to drop the naval LCA Mk2 and move on to the twin-engine jet.
  • The new jet being developed by DRDO should be ready by 2026.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The Navy is currently evaluating the responses to the Request For Information (RFI) from Boeing with its F-18 Super Hornet and Dassault Aviation with its Rafale jets.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU | MiG-29K Multirole Fighter Aircraft | UPSC

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