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Indian navy commission Russian fighter jets
May 6, 2013, 11:48 am

Indian Navy (AP Images)

Indian Navy [AP Images]

India will commission MIG-29K fighter jets for the first time into its Navy later this week in the western state of Goa, a senior defense official has said.

A squadron of the combat aircraft, MIG-29K (K stands for ” Korabelny” meaning “Carrier Borne” in Russian), will be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defense Minister A K Antony on 11 May at INS Hansa naval base in Goa, the Indian Navy PRO told the media.

The fighter jet will be armed with advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles in a bid to enhance Indian Navy’s capability to exercise air superiority, the official added.

The Russia-made fighter jets completed its sea trials for the Indian Navy in November last year.

The aircraft, armed with its arsenal of weapons, including advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, precious bombs and sophisticated systems to support weapon delivery, will not only be able to dominate the air in all spectrum of conflict but simultaneously project power to meet the nation’s military objectives.

With inputs from Agencies