Four MiG-35 4++ Generation Multirole Jet Fighters will be Delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces This Year
MOSCOW, the Russian Federation (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Last Friday, the state-run news agency TASS, citing a statement by an unnamed source in Russia’s aviation industry, reported that later in 2019, the Russian Aerospace Forces will receive four MiG-35 4++ generation multirole fighters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The source adds that, under a manufacturing contract signed in August 2018, the Aerospace Forces acquired two MiG-35UBs (combat trainer version), within the same year, and it is expected in 2019, they to receive and four MiG-35S (serial version) fighters. He further says that, in 2020, it is planned the Russian Aerospace Forces to conclude a deal for the supply of another batch of 14 MiG-35 4++ generation multirole fighters, the delivery of which will be within the period of three years.
At the time of the publication, TASS says it cannot officially confirm the information stated above.
In January 2017, the MiG-35 4++ generation multirole fighter entered flight trials and held its international presentation. Then, in December the same year, the trials of the producer were completed.
A year later in November 2018, Ilya Tarasernko, the CEO of MiG Corporation said that the first ordered MiG-35s had entered the final stages of construction and will be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces very soon. According to this early statement of his, the production of 36 MiG-35s annually is already possible for the company, due to a new digital production system.
The design of the MiG-35 and MiG-35D, which is its two-seater option, aims to destroy air, stationary and moving ground as well as surface targets in any weather conditions. The construction of the MiG-35D is based on multirole shipborne MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB. What distinguishes the two-seater version is its bigger payload on nine suspensions, air refueling possibility and a possibility to use the jet as a tanker, as well as increased fuel reserve. It can be used as a training aircraft, as well.
The MiG-35 has a corrosion resistant glider and a decreased signature. The normal takeoff weight of the MiG-35 is 19200 kg, and of the MiG-35D – 19000 kg, with maximum takeoff weight of 24500 kg for both options. The aircraft develops maximum altitude speed of 2100 km/h and 1400 km/h at the ground. The MiG-35 is equipped with three suspended fuel tanks and air-to-air missiles. Depending on the flight altitude and arms, its radius is of 1000-1400 km. While the MiG-35D with three suspended fuel tanks and air-to-air missiles has a range of 900-1300 km, and with air-to-surface missiles and three fuel tanks, its range varies from 750 km to 1050 km. Both options’ maximum overload is 9G.
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