Upgraded MiG-29 adds to air power

The fighter plane now has the capability to take off vertically, giving a shot in the arm for the IAF
The Indian Air Force’s beast — MiG-29 — has gained in strength and ferocity after an upgrade, giving the force, battling a shortage of fighter aircraft, a much-needed boost, according to officials. The Russian-origin aircraft, now capable of effecting mid-air refuelling, is compatible with latest missiles and can launch multi-dimensional attacks, Flight Lieutenant Karan Kohli, who is deployed at the Adampur Air Force Station, said.
Quick take off
The upgraded MiG-29 aircraft could take off within five minutes of spotting a hostile jet trying to enter the Indian airspace and destroy it, he said. “With air-to-air refuelling feature, the upgraded MiG-29 can cover larger distance as compared to the previous aircraft and destroy the enemy,” said another IAF officer.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/upgraded-mig-29-adds-to-air-power/article25152266.ece

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