Russia will begin test flights of its 4th-generation MiG-35 fighter aircraft later this summer. Test flights will last into next year. The Russian Defense Ministry could sign a contract for MiG-35 serial deliveries after the tests.
Russia’s fourth-generation MiG-35 fighter aircraft (Fulcrum-F) will start its test flights at the end of this summer, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday, citing the words of the CEO of the United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC), Sergey Korotkov. According to Korotkov, test flights will last into next year.
“The aircraft is completing the general assembly stage, and should move to flight tests in accordance with the schedule. We will begin state tests as part of the Ministry of Defense program at the end of summer. The tests will be carried out until next year,” Korotkov told RIA Novosti at the Sirius education center for gifted children.
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is classified as a multipurpose 4++ generation jet fighter. It is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB fighters with improved combat effectiveness and versatility, as well as improved performance. The aircraft was first officially presented during the Aero India 2007 air show.