India, Russia sign pact to upgrade MiG-29 jets

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December 13, 2006: The upgrading of 66 Indian Air Force MiG-29s has moved one step further with the official signing of the U.S. $850 million deal, with Moscow-based MiG Company. India currently operates three squadrons of MiG29s received between 1986 and 1996. The modernization process will include the introduction of the Klimov RD-33 series 3 extended life-cycle jet engines, new, more durable version of the original MiG-29 power plant. Other additions will include improved radars, and advanced avionics. The aircraft will be fitted with aerial refueling thus extending their range and mission endurance.




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