|Class||Multirole Combat Aircraft|
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Air Detection||Very good|
|Fuel Capacity||3000 L|
|Type||Marines, Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|ASM||Kh-31A (Radar HEAT, SHIP)|
|AAM||R-73A Vympel (Infrared)|
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K (NATO reporting name FULCRUM-D) is an all-weather, twin-engine, two-tail, single-seat carrier based multi-role fighter. Mikoyan began development of the MiG-29K in the late 1980's, basing the design upon the MiG-29M, in response to the need for a Soviet lightweight, supersonic carrier-based fighter. In the end, the Soviet, then Russian Navy (following the Union's collapse) decided to pursue the Su-27K instead of the MiG-29K. Mikoyan did not cease development efforts, however. The type was revived when India put out a requirement for a carrier based fighter after they purchased the retired Soviet Admiral Gorshikov aircraft carrier in 2004. The MiG-29K was finally introduced to Indian Naval arsenals in 2010.
The MiG-29K is a naval multi-role combat aircraft available to PACT decks. It carries four Kh-31A Anti-Ship missiles, four R-73A Vympel air to air missiles, and an internal GSh-301 cannon. The most comparable NATO aircraft is the F/A-18E Super Hornet. Equipped with very good ECM (40%), and featuring an exceptionally tight turn radius, the MiG-29K provides PACT decks with an advanced anti-ship punch. The major drawbacks of the MiG-29K are its lack of a long-range air to air missile, and the relatively short range of the Kh-31A, which can put the MiG-29K within range of its target's anti-aircraft missile compliment. At 190 points per aircraft, the MiG-29K is also a choice target for enemy air superiority fighters.