Similar pictures of Rafale aircrafts flying majestically over snow clad peaks of Ladakh were posted by the IAF on Tuesday. IAF has 14 Rafale aircrafts in its fleet while the second squadron is all set to be raised at Hashimara West Bengal. The latest pictures shared by IAF show the upgraded MiG-29 aircrafts in the Ladakh region. India currently has three squadrons of the MiG-29 – a twin-engine single-seat air superiority fighter aircraft. One squadron comprises 18 aircraft and more than 40 MiG-29s have been upgraded with latest missile and avionic systems in-house by the IAF. The enhancements in the Upgraded MiG 29 Zhuk-ME AESA radar for multi-role capability:
Increase in weapon payload to 4,500 kg on 7 hard points R-77RVV-AE air-to-air missile.
Anti-ship missile Kh-35E Smart laser-guided bombs.
Introduction of new weapon control system OLS-UEM IRST sensor with the laser, thermal-imaging and television capabilities 40% increase in range on internal fuel to 2,100 km
Mid-air refuelling with retractable inflight probe
Improved glass cockpit with multi-function display
Secure data link system
Besides the Upgradation of the MiG-29 India might procure more of MiG-29 to enhance its fire power. The deployment of MiG-29 aircrafts along the Ladakh region have given India a strategic edge over the assertive neighbour. The IAF along with the Navy and Army are together preparing for the Summer haul in the region.