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India to commission Russia-made fighter jets into its navy this week


19:00, May 06, 2013

NEW DELHI, May 6 (Xinhua) -- India will commission MIG-29K fighter jets for the first time into its Navy later this week in the western state of Goa, a senior defense official has said.

A squadron of the combat aircraft, MIG-29K (K stands for " Korabelny" meaning "Carrier Borne" in Russian), will be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defense Minister A.K. Antony on 11 May at INS Hansa naval base in Goa, the Indian Navy PRO told the media.

The fighter jet will be armed with advanced anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles in a bid to enhance Indian Navy's capability to exercise air superiority, the official added.

The Russia-made fighter jets completed its sea trials for the Indian Navy in November last year.

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