In what could turn out to be a multi-billion dollar deal if accepted, Russian military aviation firm MiG said today that it is willing to supply its latest fighter jet MiG-29K to the Indian Navy. If the deal is approved, the MiG-29K fighter jets will be deployed on Navy’s aircraft carriers. In January this year, the Indian Navy had expressed its interest in procuring 57 multi-role combat jets for its various aircraft carriers. The Indian Navy had issued Request for Information (RFI) to leading military jet makers globally. As of now, there are only six types of jets that are compatible with Indian aircraft carriers. These are Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia), F-35B and F-35C (Lockheed Martin, US) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden).
MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko was quite excited to make the deal with Indian Navy. He said that they could also consider transfer of technology and joint development of MiG-29 K jets with Indian companies. Such agreements would be as per the ‘Make in India’ program launched by the central government. Tarasenko said that his company will soon be submitting a detailed proposal to the Indian government. Tarasenko said that India has been using MiGs for more than 50 years and it would be great to strengthen the relationship. Tarasenko pointed out that the MiG-29K has been very effective in operations in Syria with remarkable capabilities to accurately strike ground targets. He said that the MiG-29K also has various tactical and technical advantages over other combat aircrafts in the same class.