This sentence seems to contradict itself:
"The troubled MiG 29K fleet of the Indian Navy saw its first accident Wednesday, eight years after the fighter was inducted into service as India’s first supersonic carrier-borne combat aircraft. "
I know thye have had engine problems...but I also know some INdian Navy people and those aircraft at sea do not have the "rejected" engines. They reject engines from Russia as they find them and then get new engines to replace them. When they have two good engines for aircraft, they put them in service.
In eight years they have had 8-10 cases where an engine flamed out in flight...but the aircraft were able to land safely.
This is the first crash in eight years.
That is not a terrible record.
Now, I'd lke to see more details about the 15.9 per cent to 37.6% availability. Is this of aircraft that have beeen accepted and put into serice? Or does this include the aircraft who came into India and had to have engines replaced that were bad when they arrved?
if it includes the latter, it is not an accurate portrayal of India's availability of aircraft.
Well following the definition on availability that certainly mean aircraft in service. They are not that happy with the performance of Mig 29 to the point that they had requested proposal to replace the Mig 27 Here it is
RFP for 57 multi-role combat fighter jets likely by mid-2018: Indian Navy
NEW DELHI: Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba today said a request for proposal (RFP) is likely to be issued by mid-2018 for the procurement of 57 multi-role combat fighter jets for the Navy's aircraft carrier.
"Hopefully we will be able to issue the RFP by middle of next year," he said.
Four aircraft manufacturers have shown interest in the project.
The Navy chief also said the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrie ..