Russian Aircraft-Building Company RSK MiG successfully tested new avionics of the MiG-21Bis UPG as a part of massive MiG-21 modernization program ordered by India.
According to RSK MiG media service, new MiG-21Bis UPG with new "Spear" radar fired two AA-12 missiles against two LA-17 aerial targets and scored.
Modernization program will include installation of French navigation and video-registration system, jew anti-jamming equipment, Indian identification system, as well as Russia's brand new "Spear" radar.
Several Indian MiGs have already been modernized and now due to be tested in Russia. After that, fighters will be returned to the owner where Indian pilots will make 15 test flights and later a massive equipment deliveries will begin including: radars, canopies, armament, fuel tanks, air-conditioning systems etc.
After modernization, MiG-21 will be capable of detecting 8 targets at 57km and attack 2 of them simultaneously posing the greatest threat. New AA-11 and AA-12 missiles will turn these aircraft into a truly formidable weapon capable of countermeasuring modern F-15, F-16, and Mirage-2000 fighters.