Russia will start the serial production of its advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) fighter jet within the next two years, TASS news agency has reported citing Ilya Tarasenko, chief of MiG Aircraft Corporation.
“We are now holding the trials. Following their results, serial production will begin,” he was quoted as saying.
Mikoyan MiG-35 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-35; NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) is a Russian multirole fighter that is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB combat aircraft. It is classified as a 4++ generation jet fighter by Mikoyan.
The fighter has vastly improved avionics and weapon systems, notably the new AESA radar and the uniquely designed optical locator system (OLS), relieves the aircraft from relying on ground-controlled interception (GCI) systems and enables it to conduct independent multirole missions.
The fighter jet also features improved flight and technical characteristics, the most advanced onboard radio-electronic equipment and a wide arsenal of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.
The plane has a maximum speed of 2.23 Mach and its operational radius exceeds the range of its predecessor MiG-29 by 50%
The flight tests of MiG-35 fighter aircraft began on January 26 and the plane’s international presentation was held in the Moscow Region on the following day.
Russia’s Aerospace Force has planned the procurement of 30 MiG-35s according to its chief, Viktor Bondarev.