31 May 2012

Air Combat Capability of Navy

The combat capability of Sea Harriers has been enhanced through a midlife upgrade. Adequate stocks of arms and ammunition exist forthe existing aircraft carrier. Fifteen new MiG 29K fighter aircraft have been inducted for carrier borne operations. These aircraft will operate from INS Vikramaditya, which is planned for induction in December 2012. Contract has been concluded for acquisition of additional 29 MiG 29K fighter aircraft to strengthen the air combat capability of the Navy.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri A K Antony in a written reply to Shri Purnmasi Ram in Lok Sabha 

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