The MiG Russia’s aircraft corporation has introduced its new MiG-35 fighter jet.
On Friday, the MiG Russia’s aircraft corporation introduced its new MiG-35 fighter jet. The presentation was held in an industrial complex of the corporation in Lukhovitsy, located near Moscow, and was attended by military attaches and journalists from 30 countries.
Reportedly, the MiG-35 is supposed to replace the entire fleet of the Russia’s light combat aviation, as well as to become one of the main export models. By 2020, the Russian Aerospace Forces will receive 30 MiG-35s. In total, the Russian Defense Ministry is going to purchase about 170 fighter jets.
As commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, noted during the presentation, the creation of the MiG-35 is a real victory. The fighter jet is capable to conduct a supermanoeuverable battle, strike targets on land, in water and in the air.
According to chief designer of the the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Sergei Korotkov, the onboard radar can simultaneously track up to 30 target at a distance of 160 kilometers. Thanks to engines with a thrust-vectoring module, the MiG-35 is capable to dodge enemy missiles and quickly occupy a favorable position for an attack. The modern electronics allow the fighter jet to use any types of prospective weapons, including laser weapons.
Guests of the presentation had a chance to see three MiG-35s in various stages of its assembly.
Exteriorly, the MiG-35 is similar to MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2, but does not have a tailhook and folding wings.
The fighter jet has engines with increased traction, which were upgraded in order to reduce the smoke opacity.
After speeches of the leaders of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and the MiG aircraft corporation and demonstration of a video clip with commentaries of MiG engineers and the UAC chief designer, guests saw the MiG-35 fighter jet (Blue 702) with a set of arms.
After the presentation, guests were brought to an airfield, where they had a chance to see a process of preparations for the departing and flight of another MiG-35 (Blue 712).