Vladimir Radyuhin

MOSCOW: India and Russia have signed a deal to build stocks of spare parts for the MiG fighter planes in India to ease the problem of product support for the Russian-built aircraft.

The contract to set up a spares depot on Indian territory was signed on Wednesday between JV Indo-Russian Aerospace Ltd. and the MiG Aircraft Corporation at the MAKS-2007 airshow here. The MiG manufacturers will stock the depot with spares that may be needed for urgent repairs and planned maintenance of MiG-29 and other aircraft of the MiG series operated by the IAF.

The MiG corporation also showcased its aircraft carrier-borne MiG-29 fighter jets built for India. The plane piloted by a MiG test pilot performed all the breathtaking manoeuvres that the MiG planes are famous for, during a 20-minute flight at MAKS-2007. MiG officials said India would take delivery of the first MiG-29K fighters before year-end. India has purchased 12 aircraft in the single-seat ‘K’ variant.