Maxim Pyadushkin writes:
The new MiG-29K carrier-based fighter started its sea trials on Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, on September 28-29. According to MiG, two aircraft – a MiG-29K single-seater and a two-seat MiG-29KUB - made several take-offs and landings from the carrier in the Barents Sea.
MiG-29KUB on Admiral Kuznetsov (Alexey Polyakov/MiG)
MiG says that the tests mark the completion of development of the MiG-29K, which made its first flight in 2007. It is a “deeply modernized” version of the original Soviet-era MiG-29. It features an upgraded airframe with more composite material, digital fly-by-wire system, in-flight refueling capabilities and new avionics, including a full glass cockpit and Zhuk-ME slot array radar. The MiG-29K has reduced radar signature and a much larger combat load, including air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons.
The MiG-29K has been developed for the Indian Navy, which has ordered 12 single-seat and 4 two-seat aircraft to be based on INS Vikramaditya, formerly the Russian Navy’s Admiral Gorshkov. Indian pilots have already trained on the MiG-29K, but all flights from the Kuznetsov were performed by Russian pilots. MiG representatives confirmed to Ares that the first fighters will be delivered to India by the end of the year, although the delayed Vikramaditya - being rebuilt with a full-length flight-deck, ski-jump ramp and arrester gear - is not expected to be ready before 2012.
Bill Sweetman adds: in response to Sferrin's comment, see this Ares post from earlier this year. One would expect to see some use of airframe RAM as well, perhaps using the ITAE technology discussed here.