A Russian top commander informed that the Russian Navy’s airborne arsenal would undergo major enhancements. The navy would receive developments ranging from drones to combat aircraft.
Russia: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
A wide range of ship-based unmanned aerial vehicles are being developed for the Russian Navy, Major General Igor Kozhin said on Monday. “One of the prospective directions for specialists of leading design bureaus is research and design aimed at creating an unmanned ship-based aircraft.”
In fact, drones are being introduced to modernize the navy’s aerial fleet, according to RT. Moreover, there will also be a swapping of older aircraft for newer models.
In addition, the carrier-based fighter aviation units will be getting MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB fighter jets in 2017-2020, said Kozhin.
While the MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB are both fourth-generation fighter planes, these jets have a huge degree of maneuverability. With high-precision weaponry, the jets can hit targets regardless of weather conditions at any time of the day.
However, these will not be the only additions.
Kozhin said that the fleet of naval aviation combat helicopters will be “renewed.” He added that the Ka-29 helicopters are in service right now. However, he stated that these will be replaced by the newest Ka-52K reconnaissance and combat helicopter.
In fact, Kozhin said that the navy will be getting almost a hundred new aircraft over the next few years.
“In accordance with the existing program of modernization and renewal of the naval aviation aircraft fleet, about 100 new aircraft will enter service before 2020.”
These are multi-role fighters chiefly used for air-defense missions of naval forces and air superiority gaining. They are utilized for sea & ground targets destruction.
These jets have high-precision guided weapons and could be used at any time or any weather, as per Migavia.
The MiG-29K/KUB are carrier-based fighters, the basic aircraft of a family that includes the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-35/MiG-35D.
The MiG-29K/KUB are based on aircraft-carriers. The carrier’s tonnage measures at least 28,000 tons. They are equipped with a take-off ramp and landing arrestor.