aircraft will be equipped with the Phazotron Zhuk-ME phased
array radar, a modified version of the Zhuk used in the original
version. A different version, known as Zhuk
AE will be used in the MiG-35
model which is one of several options considered for the IAF
future multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) program. Current MiG-29s
are armed with R-27 (AA-10) and R-77 (AA-12) beyond visual range
missiles for offensive air superiority operations.
Under a parallel plan the IAF plans to upgrade its 52 French
made Dassault Mirage 2000H fighters. India is currently in the
final stage negotiating the 1.5-billion euro program with Thales
and Dassault. Officials said, the upgrade of the Mirage 2000s
will begin by June.