Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has successfully completed the factory tests of its advanced MiG-35 multi-role fighter jet. According to the statement released by UAC, the test completion act was signed in December 2017.
During the trial, full range of tests was carried out to check the on-board radio-electronic equipment, armament and navigation system, radar equipment, engines and all the aircraft systems. The work was conducted during 2017 with the participation of test pilots of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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 single-seat version is designated MiG-35 and the two-seat version MiG-35D.
The MiG-35/MiG-35D exhibits advancements on the MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 fighters in combat efficiency enhancement, universality and operational characteristics improvement. The main features of the new design are the fifth-generation information-sighting systems, compatibility with Russian and foreign weapons applications and an integrated variety of defensive systems to increase combat survivability.
The aircraft is equipped with Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the RD-33MK engines and the newly designed optical locator system, OLS-35.
The Zhuk-AE can detect 30 targets at a range of 130-160 km in air and 300 km in water, and can engage with 6 targets at a time. The OLS will relieves the aircraft from relying on ground-controlled interception (GCI) systems and enables it to conduct independent multirole missions.
New avionics are intended to help the MiG-35 gain air superiority as well as to perform all-weather precision ground strikes, aerial reconnaissance with opto-electronic and radar equipment and to conduct complex joint 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 (AAM) and air-to-surface missiles (ASM).
The plane has a maximum speed of 2.23 Mach and its operational radius exceeds the range of its predecessor MiG-29 by 50%.