SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
In a significant move towards self-sufficiency and enhancing the indigenous capabilities of its fleet, the Indian Navy is embarking on a mission to indigenize various equipment and components onboard its existing fleet of MiG-29K fighter aircraft.
The scope of this ambitious indigenization project encompasses a range of critical components and systems related to the MiG-29K fighters. Among the items targeted for indigenization are the Multi-Function Display, Integrated Standby Instrument System, tires, ground support equipment, chaff, and flares. This initiative reflects the Indian Navy’s commitment to reducing dependency on foreign suppliers and strengthening domestic manufacturing capabilities.
The indigenization effort extends beyond components to include self-sufficiency in the repair and maintenance of essential MiG-29K systems. The landing gear, a crucial component for the aircraft’s safe operation, is one area where the Navy is seeking self-sufficiency. Additionally, the project aims to achieve autonomy in the maintenance and upkeep of the self-protection jammer, oxygen generation system, and Optical Locator Station.
Indigenizing these critical elements of the MiG-29K fighter fleet not only bolsters the Indian Navy’s operational capabilities but also aligns with the larger “Make in India” initiative, fostering domestic defence production and reducing reliance on imports.
The MiG-29K, a carrier-based multi-role fighter aircraft, plays a pivotal role in the Indian Navy’s maritime strike capabilities. It is designed to operate from aircraft carriers and provides air dominance and ground attack capabilities, making it a versatile asset for naval operations.
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