INDIA HAS COMMISSION ITS FIRST SUPERSONIC , CARRIER CAPABLE FIGHTER AIRCRAFT.......The Bad News is that the Supplier is Russian
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UPDATE:12/9/2015 Back in 2013 India had commission its first-ever squadron of naval supersonic fighters, the MiG-29K "air superiority" jets, which now operate from the decks of their aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya ( former Russian Admiral Gorshkov) as well as their new indigenous aircraft carrier
We make no bones about it we like the "Tigers" our nickname for the Indian Navy and we always applaud when they make another milestone on their way to becoming the World's Fourth most powerful Navy and as they exceed their competitors in quality. Just since we started this blog a year and half ago we've seen them demonstrate the ability to conduct underway replenishment, operate nuclear propelled submarines, launch missiles from submerged submarines, and they were skilfully operating air craft carriers before we came on line. These are the ear marks of a crackerjack navy, and the biggest tribute to the professionalism of the Tigers, especially their operational officers and technical ratings, is that they do these things with a hodge poge of equipment, some of it Russian.
Their pattern has been to get the equipment where they could, master the skill, then start building their own. This is the navy of the largest democracy in the World, a stable law abiding democracy surrounded by regimes that we wouldn't trust any farther than we can throw an elephant. The U.S. and NATO should be putting on a major charm offensive and producing incentives to bring the Indian Navy and other armed forces into NATO standard equipment packages.This latest new accomplishment of organizing a supersonic carrier capable wing of fighter jets takes the form of Russian Mig 29 K Air Superiority jets.
We keep stressing that India's independence doesn't threaten the West or any of her neighbors. An unaligned India is still a democratic nation willing to live within and enforce traditional international law, especially freedom of the seas. An Indian Ocean dominated by an Indian Navy is nothing that any nation of good will has to fear. But India has some troublesome neighbors who are presently requiring a lot of expensive attention from the U.S. navy , NATO, and EU Naval Forces. India has proven far more respectful of intellectual property rights than China. U.S. and EU armaments manufacturers should be able to license Indian production with little fear of IP encroachment. Indian courts handle commercial litigation in a manner very similar to British courts and the English language is wide spread. India and not China is where our overseas investments are safest. India's interests are more intertwined with those of the U.S. and the EU than with China or Russia. But India insists on an independence quite different from that of most NATO member states. Basically so does France, and we don't count them out of the Western camp. We should be encouraging Indian naval development and growth and doing all in our power to see their growing fleet built around equipment that we can provide support for.
Below is a lead in and a link to air wing story from the TIMES OF INDIA:
"NEW DELHI: India on Saturday will commission its first-ever squadron of naval supersonic fighters, the MiG-29K "air superiority" jets, which will eventually operate from the decks of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya ( Admiral Gorshkov) as well as the indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC). NEW DELHI: India on Saturday will commission its first-ever squadron of naval supersonic fighters, the MiG-29K "air superiority" jets, which will eventually operate from the decks of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya ( Admiral Gorshkov) as well as the indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC)."