"We have great pride in inducting supersonic multi-role MiG 29K aircraft with cutting edge technology into the 300 squadron," Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised in Goa to 'de-induct' Sea Harriers.
The Navy, which initially had 28 Sea Harriers, today de-inducted 11 remaining ones. The force has till today accepted 31 MiG 29K aircraft of the 45 aircraft that it has contracted for.
Modern supersonic Russian MiG 29K fighter aircraft has been integrated on board aircraft carrier Vikramaditya.
He said the naval aviation is on a threshold of transformation, by inducting additional helicopters and aircraft into the force.
The first three Sea Harriers, flying via Malta, Luxor and Dubai, led by Lt Cdr Arun Prakash, landed at Dabolim on December 16, 1983. This was followed by the first deck landing on the carrier, INS Vikrant, on December 20, 1983.
"The Indian Navy has emerged as a multi-dimensional network force which is ready to take on any challenge in the maritime domain of the Indian Ocean region in the 21st century," Admiral was quoted as saying by the national media.
"We have our new aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which is being constructed at Kochi shipyard and it is scheduled for delivery in the end of 2018," he said.
During the 'de-induction' event, the Sea Harriers displayed a vertical landing formation at INS Hansa.
India is obsessively modernising it's Armed Forces and spreading an armed race in the South Asian region and the Indian Ocean.
With the latest induction of the Mig-29 K in the Indian Navy the fire power, reach and access of the Indian Navy would be tremendously increased in the Indian Ocean which would have adverse impact upon Pakistan territorial waters in any future conflict.
MIG 29K onboard the Air Craft carrier would pose a dangerous threat of Pakistan territorial waters blockade due it's range, reach and the weaponry.
Does Pakistan posses the counter air offensive capability in this scenario?
Does Pakistan has the compatible missile weaponry to neutralise the threat hundreds of miles away.
Does our Naval Ships and the Submarines have the latest radar warming receiver RWR technology to smell the threat off shore ?
Pakistan would have to acquire the capability and the resources to counter balance the rising Indian Naval ambitions to ensure the territorial defence of its land.