The Russian Navy plans to purchase at least 24 MiG-29K (Fulcrum-D) fighter aircraft, worth $1bn, to be deployed on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier,.

Currently operational Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D) carrier-based fighters will be replaced by the MiGs.

The MiG-29K fighter aircraft features a larger wing area, incorporating a longer chord double-slotted flap and drooped elevons over the basic MiG-29K.

Additional features include the central fuselage integral tank and a fuselage load-carrying section, to which the arrester hook and main struts are attached.

MiGs have a range of 150km in detection mode and 130km in tracking mode, against a target with a radar cross section of 5m² and can also fire missiles at four different targets simultaneously.

The fighter can use a wide range of weapons, which includes eight types of air-to-air missiles and 25 air-to-surface weapons.

Deliveries of the 24 carrier-based fighters will start in 2010.