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MiG-35

Multi-role fighter

MiG-35

The Russian MiG-35 multi-role fighter is a successor to the MiG-29

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 17.32 m
Wing span 12 m
Height 4.73 m
Weight (empty) 11 t
Weight (maximum take off) 29.7 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x Klimov RD-33MK
Traction (dry / with afterburning) 2 x 53 kN / 88.3 kN
Maximum speed 2 560 km/h
Service ceiling 17.5 km
Ferry range (with external fuel) 3 100 km
Combat radius 500 km
Armament
Cannon 1 x 30-mm GSh-30-1 cannon (150 rounds)
Missiles R-27R, R-27T, R-27ER, R-27ET, R-60M, R-73E, R-73M, R-74M, R-77, Kh-31A, Kh-31P, Kh-29T, Kh-29L
Bombs KAB-500L and KAB-500T guided bombs, free-fall bombs
Other S-8, S-13, S-24, S-25L, S-250 unguided and laser-guided bombs

 

   The MiG-35 multi-role fighter was developed by Mikoyan design bureau in the early 2000s as a successor to the MiG-29. This fighter aircraft has the latest electronic equipment, new engines and other systems. The MiG-35 made its first flight and was first publicly revealed in 2007. Its reporting name in the West is Fulcrum-F. The aircraft is still under development. Some sources claim that a total of 10 prototypes have been built. However as of 2014 only one two or three prototypes were publicly observed. The aircraft is still under development. A full-scale production of this is planned in the near future. In 2013 it was reported that Russian Air Force plans to order a total of 37 new aircraft. The contract is expected to be signed in 2016. The MiG-35 is also being proposed for export customers. In 2014 it was reported that Egypt plans to order 24 aircraft.

   Main roles of this aircraft is to gain air superiority as well as to perform all-weather precision ground strikes. It can also perform aerial reconnaissance with special equipment.

   The MiG-35 battlefield fighter was developed from MiG-29M. Overall design of the new aircraft is similar to that of the baseline MiG-29. The first prototype was a modification of the aircraft, that previously served as MiG-29M2 model demonstrator. Mikoyan design bureau the MiG-35 as 4++ generation fighter. Due to increased weight the new aircraft is now classed as medium-weight fighter.

   The new aircraft has vastly improved avionics and weapon systems, notably the new Phazatron Zhuk active phased array radar. This radar detects more targets, is more resistant to electronic countermeasures, has longer detection range and can track and engage more targets simultaneously. It has a detection range of about 130-160 km for air targets and 300 km for ships. The MiG-35 can track 30 targets and engage 6 at a time. The aircraft is also fitted with two optical location systems. The forward one looks for air targets. It can detect incoming fighters at least from 50 km and outgoing fighters at least from 90 km. The second optical location system is placed under fuselage and looks for surface targets. It can detect a tank at 20 km. However it seems that avionics and sensors of the MiG-35 are inferior comparing to Western designs. Aircraft proposed for export can be fitted with avionics and onboard equipment made by Russia, USA, France, Israel or other countries.

   This multi-role fighter is armed with a 30-mm cannon and carries 150 rounds of ammunition. Aircraft has 9 external hardpoints and can carry up to 7 000 kg of payload. It can use various air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, guided and unguided rockets and bombs.

   It is claimed that this aircraft has a variety of integrated defensive systems to increase combat survivability. It is likely that this fighter will be fitted with a new Italian multi-function jammer.

   The MiG-35 is fitted with two Klimov RD-33MK engines. At the moment it is the latest version of the RD-33. Originally this engine was designed for MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB naval fighters. It has 7% more power than the baseline model and provides higher thrust. Engines include systems that reduce infrared and optical visibility. Optionally the aircraft can be fitted with RD-33MKV engines with thrust-vectoring nozzles. Thrust can be directed in two planes. This would increase combat efficiency of the aircraft by 12-15%.

   Currently the only production fighter to use a two-plane thrust vectoring nozzles is the Russian Sukhoi Su-35. Other thrust-vectoring aircraft, such as F-22 Raptor and Su-30MKI have nozzles that vector only in one plane.

 

Variants

 

   MiG-35D is a two seat version.

 

Video of the MiG-35 multi-role fighter

 
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