Products 9-41 and 9-47 are the prototypes for Indian Navy INS "Vikramaditya" aircraft carrier (former "Admiral Gorshkov"). It's a second name "MiG-29K", first was product 9-31 in 1988 (2 aircraft with numbers #311 and #312).
Airframe concept is based on deeply modernized 9-15-4 (former fourth prototype of MiG-29M, which in 2001 became the so called "MiG-29MRCA" for Indian Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tender, between 2005-2006 called "MiG-29M2", and since January 2007 "MiG-35"). New shipborne aircraft have wider (11,99 m) folded wings, bigger flaps, wider stabilizers, strenghtened landing gear and, of course, arresting hook. Airframe of the 9-41 was new, but for 9-47 (first flight February 2007) it was old 9-15-5 (fifth prototype of MiG-29M).
Aircraft 9-41 #941, 2007, special painting scheme at MAKS-2007 where was public displayed for the first time. On fuselage, under wing tips and on fins are small formation lights, used in night when night vision googles are employed (on Sukhoi Su-30 are mounted low-intensity green lights produced by "Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH", Lippstadt, Germany). On back of the fuselage are red anti-collision light. In 2017 number was changed to blue Drawing accuracy: 100%.
Prototype 9-41 in April 2008 in Indian Navy painting scheme. Drawing accuracy: 100%.
Destroyed in crash 4th December 2014 near Tchemodurowo (Podmoskovye). LIS RSK MiG test-pilot Sergyey Victorovitch Rybnikov (born 1978) died in hospital 2014 Dec 5th. Second pilot survived (Vadim Selivanov).
Aircraft 9-47 #204, 2012. Drawing accuracy: 100%.
In 2012 aircraft was rebuilt from 9-61 MiG-35, to replace crashed in 2011 aircraft #947.
20 x MiG-29K 9-41R
4 x MiG-29KUB 9-47R
serial production 2013-2015
In February 2012 Russian Ministry of Defence signed a contract with RSK-MiG for 20 x MiG-29K and 4 x MiG-29KUB for Russian Navy aviation (called MiG-29KR and MiG-29KUBR with "R" for "Russian").
aircraft should in future replace Sukhoi Su-33 and Su-25UTG (from 279th Regiment) on board of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznyetsov (ТАКР Тяжёлый авианесущий крейсер «Адмирал флота Советского Союза Кузнецов» = TAKR heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov") project 1143.5. Test of MiG-29KR should will be ended in 2018.
Between October 2014 and December 2015 all 24 aircraft were delivered.
Between 2011-2015 at Saki on Crimea was built Наземный испытательный и учебно-тренировочный комплекс корабельной авиации НИиУТК КА or simply НИТКА (NITKA = Ground Research and Learning-Training Facility of the Shipborne Aviation). Fully available for pilots of the 100th OKIAP since 2016.
1 December 2015 at Yeysk on Crimea was formed 100-й отдельный корабельный истребительный авиационный полк (100th OKIAP = 100th Independent Shipborne Fighter Aviation Regiment, number is to commemorate former 100th Ukrainian regiment at Saki on Crimea, which in 1992 refused to take the oath of loyalty to independent Ukraine), within structure of 859 Центр боевого применения и переучивания лётного состава Морской авиации ВМФ России (859th Center of Combat Application and Conversion of Flying Personnel of Naval Aviation of Russian Navy).
30 first flight 2013 unpainted, probably later painted in grey scheme and delivered like #50
31 first flight 2014, delivered 2014 in blue-grey camouflage
32 delivered 2014,
33 delivered 2014,
34 delivered 2014,
35 delivered 2014,
36 delivered 2014,
37 delivered 2014,
38 delivered 2014,
39 delivered 2014,
40 delivered 2015, RF-92316
41 delivered 2015, May 2017: accident, damaged
42 delivered 2015,
43 delivered 2015, RF-92319
44 delivered 2015, RF-92320
45 delivered 2015,
46 delivered 2015,
47 delivered 2015, November 2016: lost on board of Kuznecov durind Syrian operation. After break off one of the arresting wire by MiG (one of three participation in mission), aircraft run out fuel awting in air to repair, and subsequently pilot must eject.
48 delivered 2015, RF-92324
49 delivered 2015, RF-92325
50 first flight 2013 unpainted, later painted in grey scheme and delivered 2014
51 first flight 2014, delivered 2014 in blue-grey camouflage
52 delivered 2014,
53 delivered 2014,
MiG-29KUB 9-47 #51, October 2014.
Aircraft produced in 2014 (MiG-29K #31and MiG-29KUB #51) were in blue-grey camouflage (four tones on upper surfaces, grey on bottom surfaces). All next aircraft were darkgrey on upper surfaces with three-tone camouflage on bottom surfaces.
Drawing accuracy: OK.
MiG-29K 9-41 #39, July 2015.
Drawing accuracy: OK.