HAL’s R&D wing launches upgrade programme for MiG-29K
By Indian Express
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility Aircraft Upgrade Research & Design Centre (AURDC) has launched a new upgrade programme for MiG-29K of Indian Navy to enhance its lethality through the integration of Laser Pod and new laser guided bomb.
The upgrade programme involves integration of indigenous mission computers, laser pods, indigenous air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. The facility has also initiated integration of indigenous weapons like ASTRA and general purpose bombs on MiG-29K of the Indian Navy.
R Madhvan, chairman and managing director, HAL, told The Indian Express that considering the expertise available at AURDC, the Indian Navy has approached the division to study the feasibility of the MiG-29K upgrade.
“The upgrade programme envisages integration of indigenous mission computers, laser pods, indigenous air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. Successful integration will add additional lethality to the aircraft in terms of increased range, improved day/night situational awareness, night attack capability, accuracy of target hits etc,” he said.
MiG-29K is directly procured by the Indian Navy from RAC-MiG, Russia.