After the crash of another MiG-29 in India, the Russian fighter has almost no chance against the Rafale and the F-18


On November 26, 2020, a MiG-29KUB Indian Navy crashed over the Arabian Sea. After that, in New Delhi, the discussion was resumed on replacing Russian aircraft with French Rafale fighter-bombers and American F / A-18E / F Super Hornet, writes the Indian edition of the EurAsian Times.


The plane fell into the water during a training flight from the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov). The military department reported that one of the pilots ejected safely and was picked up by the rescue team. A search is underway for the co-pilot and the aircraft itself, and an investigation has begun.

This crash was the third in a year. As a result, questions arose about the serviceability of these aircraft. Experts estimate that only a third of the 45 MiG-29 units remain in service due to operational readiness problems. Therefore, the doors for new aircraft from France and the United States are open, and products from Russia have almost no chance of success in future tenders.

The MiG-29K / KUB were selected to serve on the existing and under construction aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy. But the latest incident pushed the Indian military to master other aircraft, they want to acquire 57 new carrier-based fighters.

Washington and New Delhi recently signed an agreement that allows India to use technological opportunities of the USA. After that, the Americans offered their improved F / A-18E / F Super Hornets along with the MQ-9B drones in the SeaGuardian modification, which will be able to solve a wide range of tasks. The F / A-18E / F Super Hornet twin-engine fighter-bombers have better situational awareness and range without air refueling (2000 km) than the MiG-29 (1450 km).

Another alternative for the Indian Navy is the French Rafale, which the Indians are very familiar with. These aircraft can operate from both aircraft carriers and coastal bases, making them strong competitors in the race with the Americans for the Indian contract. Moreover, the French Navy assured their colleagues from India that Rafale would be perfect for them and would be easily integrated into the Indian fleet.
  • Photos used: Indian Navy
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  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 1 December 2020 12: 06
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    In competition, all means are good, especially the code for billions of orders ... Perhaps they did not twist or twist something in the MiG-29 by order, so the hearts are falling, because there was no such case before ...
    1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
      Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 1 December 2020 12: 10
      +2
      Given the corruption component in the Indian Ministry of Defense, I completely agree.
    2. Mikhail Fridshon (Mikhail Fridshon) 3 December 2020 12: 28
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      Sure. This is the intrigues of internal enemies, with the filing of the State Department and the Anglo-Saxons. Like the Americans drilled a hole at our station.
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 3 December 2020 13: 27
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        Well, the defender showed up, so there is something to defend. And of course, protect your own ...
  2. Tamara Smirnova Offline Tamara Smirnova
    Tamara Smirnova (Tamara Smirnova) 1 December 2020 13: 02
    +5
    MIGs are in service not only in India, and nothing has been heard about the "death" of MIGs in other countries. Maybe the Indians, as well as the "brothers", decided to be repaired by the Poles? Then there is nothing surprising about disasters.
    1. Denis Arkhipov Offline Denis Arkhipov
      Denis Arkhipov (Denis Arkhipov) 1 December 2020 14: 21
      +2
      Bring countries with the same number of MiGs and the same intensity of flights
    2. whitebeard Offline whitebeard
      whitebeard 1 December 2020 18: 55
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      And in what other countries, besides India (and Russia, of course), are deck 29s used?
  3. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 1 December 2020 13: 48
    +3
    So, in terms of the number of aircraft crashed, NATO's wunderwolf F-35 today holds a very high place and something is not heard panicky screams about this from the fans of Fashington
    1. Binder Offline Binder
      Binder (Miron) 1 December 2020 20: 23
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      During the entire operation of the F-35 (and there are more than 500 of them in the world today), there were only three crash cases - this is negligible in comparison with other aircraft. Let me remind you that the very first serial Su-57 crashed during factory tests. Su-57 1 wreck on 1 side, F-35 - 3 wrecks on more than 500 aircraft. The facts speak for themselves ...
      1. Evgeny Popov Offline Evgeny Popov
        Evgeny Popov (Evgeny Popov) 1 December 2020 23: 20
        +1
        During the tests. The only one. Let's compare when there are more of them. But the F-35 was not kicked for its jambs, only a very lazy one. Either the electronics is buggy, then it will climb on supersonic and the tail may fall off ...
        1. Binder Offline Binder
          Binder (Miron) 2 December 2020 02: 46
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          Do you hope that the time will come when there will be more than 500 Su-57s in the world? Oh well... bully
        2. Mikhail Fridshon (Mikhail Fridshon) 3 December 2020 12: 31
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          Yes theirs planes generally do not really fly. And our tanks will soon fly (they have no analogues and will not come across.)
  4. Evgeny Popov Offline Evgeny Popov
    Evgeny Popov (Evgeny Popov) 1 December 2020 23: 16
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    So let them fly on vimanas.
  5. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 1 December 2020 23: 19
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    They are not looking for good from the good.

    It looks like the Chinese have set their brains on the border a little. Until the United States and the French deliver them planes 10 years will pass. Nothing, they will start to beat themselves!
  6. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 2 December 2020 17: 24
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    Another alternative for the Indian Navy is the French Rafale, which the Indians are very familiar with.

    Why didn't they buy the whole planned batch?

    These aircraft can operate from both aircraft carriers and coastal bases, making them strong competitors in the race with the Americans for the Indian contract.

    What a unique property ... they can take off from concrete ... belay
    I would be ashamed to reprint such nonsense.

    Moreover, the French Navy assured their colleagues from India that Rafale would be perfect for them and would be easily integrated into the Indian fleet.

    We stock up on popcorn and watch a new episode of the Idian TV series with songs and dances, purchases and corruption investigations.

    India's main opposition party, the Indian National Congress (INC), is demanding that the country's Supreme Court reconsider its recent verdict, upholding a lawsuit to investigate the purchase of French Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force, the contract for which was signed in 2016.
    The opposition accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the fact that his government bought the planes from France at a cost about three times higher than what was agreed before Modi came to power in 2014. The total amount of the contract is estimated at about $ 8,7 billion, which drew attention to many political forces opposing the prime minister. They demanded that the Supreme Court set up a special investigation team to study the terms of the contract.

    https://ria.ru/20181217/1548078036.html