NEW DELHI (Agencies): The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it will arm its Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 fleet with a long-range stand-off weapon (SoW).

In a newly issued Request for Information (RFI) for certified bomb racks capable of carrying a long-range weapon, the MoD said that it intends to complete the integration of this weapon system within 12 months of the contract being signed for the racks.

“There is an urgent need to integrate an Air-to-Ground Stand Off Weapon (SoW) to exploit the MiG-29 aircraft to its full operational potential,” the MoD said in the RFI document. “Integration of the SoW would essentially require [the] design and development of a suitable ejector (Bomb Rack), its electro-mechanical interface with aircraft along with requisite certification from [Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification/Regional Centres of Military Airworthiness] CEMILAC/RCMA,” the MoD added.

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