Panaji: Ahead of MiG 29 K’s arrival in India, the facility to maintain and train pilots for this frontline fighter aircraft was inaugurated at the INS Hansa naval base in Goa on Monday.

Inaugurating the first phase, Vice-Admiral J. J. Bedi, Commander-in-Chief, Western Naval command, said: “This is the first time in my service career of 40 years that I witness construction and availability of major infrastructure project prior to the induction of hardware in the Indian Navy.”

Training in Russia

The Indian team, consisting of pilots and maintenance staff, was already in Russia undergoing training and the first batch of four aircraft should be available “with us by middle of this year.”

He said these frontline aircraft, which will embark on INS Vikramaditya, were a variant of MiG 29 which is meant to fly from an aircraft carrier. —PTI

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