GJ Flanker wrote:First:
The MiG-29KR will surely have some issues taking off from the Kuznetsov with 2 heavy ASM! Suitable for the MiG-29KR are AS-17 and AS-20!
The Brahmos-M is not a heavy ASM - it is in fact the mini-version of the Brahmos, currently under development alongside the Brahmos-2.
The Indian MiG-29Ks are designed to fly from the Vikramaditya, presumably with a full ordanance load.
Don't see why the Indo-Russian joint-venture would bother to develop the Brahmos-M, with a specification that 2 can be carried by MiG-29Ks - if there is no way to actually achieve that in practise.
If Indian MiG-29Ks can take-off with two Brahmos-Ms from the Vikramaditya, then there is no reason why Russian MiG-29Ks won't be able to take off with 2 Brahmos-Ms or any other specified load from the Kuznetsov.
On the other hand there has been much speculation about how Su-33s can't take off with their max. ordanance capacity or anything near it from the Kuznetsov. I don't know the validity of this, but it does sound plausible.
The Su-33SM will have "longer legs" than the MiG-29KR. Simply more range and I think the better air superiority fighter with its canards. In the end no issues with heavy Yakhont and Kalibr!
The Su-33 does have significantly greater range. The MiG-29K also has fewer hardpoints, is not compatible with the Yakhont and possibly the supersonic Kalibr-variants and yes - it doesn't have canards and thus has a disadvantage in turn-radius and manuevers.
But in every other characteristic you can think of; flight, electronic or otherwise - the current production model of the MiG-29K is equal or superior in every way to the current Su-33s in service.
Certainly the Su-33s would be able to match a lot of those characteristics with a modernization program. But even then, you'll still be left with significantly older aircraft as opposed to newly-built ones, that you won't be able to fit as many of onto the same ship. What's the point?