MiG-29KUB performs first landing on INS Vikramaditya

MiG-29KUB, a Russian-built fighter jet made the first landing on the INS Vikramaditya during sea trials.

INS Vikramaditya

  • It is the rechristened name of former Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, which has been procured by India.
  • The ship is a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier built in 1978–1982.
  • Russia sold the carrier to India after it became too expensive for the soviet nation to operate it on a post Cold War budget. It has been extensively refurbished and upgraded to a light aircraft carrier at the Sevmash shipyard in the Russian city of Severodvinsk.
  • It is expected to be inducted for service in the Indian Navy by December 2012.

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