MiG-35 Warplane to Become Russia’s Sole Light Fighter Jet
(Source: TASS; published Jan 27, 2017)
After several years of dithering, Russia has announced that is has selected the latest version of the MiG-35 as its only lightweight fighter on the same day as it was unveiled to foreign delegations to whom it is being marketed. (MiG photo)
LUKHOVITSY, Moscow Region --- Russia’s entire light fighter aviation will soon be armed with Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) aircraft, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev said on Friday.

"Some time will pass and we’ll replace the entire light fighter element precisely with this class," he said.

MiG-35 fighter jets will also be delivered to the Swifts aerobatic team, which currently flies MiG-29 aircraft, he added. "I believe that the day is not far away when we’ll retrain the Swifts to operate this splendid plane," the Aerospace Force commander-in-chief said. "The development of the MiG-35 is actually a victory," the general said.

Russia’s most advanced Mikoyan fighter jet will be able to use laser weapons: "This plane can use all the types of the newest weaponry and laser weapons as well."

"Thank you very much for this splendid creation, which has confirmed once again that there are no planes better than those in Russia," the general said, addressing the aircraft designers.

"It is capable of engaging in super-maneuverable air fights and strike targets both at sea and in the air. We’ll always have the best aerodynamics. We had some gaps in the work on engines but we have proved with the development of the Su-30SM and Su-34 aircraft that we have the best engines," the commander said.

Russia’s United Aircraft-Building Corporation is holding an international presentation of the most advanced MiG-35 fighter whose flight tests began on Thursday. The Mig-35 is a 4++-generation multirole fighter jet developed on the basis of the serial-produced MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 aircraft.

It was reported earlier that the Aircraft Corporation MiG was considering developing its own fifth-generation fighter jet as a light alternative to the T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter created by the Sukhoi Design Bureau.

United Aircraft-Building Corporation General Designer Sergei Korotkov who earlier held the post of the MiG Corporation CEO called as "quite probable" the development of a new plane on the basis of the MiG-35 aircraft.


Story history:
-- Jan 27, 2017: Replaced original photograph of MiG-35 by one just released by United Aircraft Corp.


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Russia’s Advanced Mig-35 Fighter Jet to Use Cutting-Edge Weapons
(Source: TASS; published Jan 26, 2017)
MOSCOW --- Russia’s most advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 multipurpose fighter jet will be able to use promising types of armaments, including laser weapons, President of Russia’s Aircraft-Building Corporation Yuri Slyusar said on Thursday.


"The fighter aircraft has been specially designed for warfare amid increased intensity conflicts and highly dense air defense. The available high indicators have been achieved thanks to a set of onboard equipment mounted on the plane along with a new optical location system and radar signature reduced by several times," he said.

"We have increased the number of weapons bay points from six to eight, which allows using both current and promising types of airborne destruction means, including laser weapons," he said at a meeting of the military and industrial commission in a report to the Russian president.

All the systems of the MiG-35 aircraft have been developed and produced domestically, including inertial systems and helmet-mounted target designation systems, he added.

"The serial purchases of the aircraft will start in 2019," Slyusar said.

"The plane has its range increased by more than 50% through the larger capacity of internal tanks and the function of air refueling that can be conducted in the mode of a tanker aircraft from planes of the same family," the head of the United Aircraft-Building Corporation said.

The MiG-35 is Russia’s most advanced 4++-generation multifunctional fighter jet developed on the basis of the serial-produced MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 combat aircraft. The plane can develop a speed of 2.23 Mach and its operational radius exceeds the range of its predecessor MiG-29 by 50%.


Story history:
-- Jan 27, 2017: added just-posted Tweet by United Aircraft Corp. about today's unveiling of the aircraft.

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