Russian President Vladimir Putin was shown the export version of the MiG-35 aircraft at the MAKS-2019 air show by Ilya Tarasenko, Director General of MiG Corporation.
The MiG-35 is an all-new plane inspired form the MiG-29 that competes with the F-16 Block 70/72 in the world market.
According to a MiG handout translated the altered geometry of the airframe and updated radar have been created as per the wishes of potential foreign customers.
The MiG-35 was flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots during the show. The aircraft is competing with the F-16 (F-21 for India), the Saab Gripen, the Boeing Super Hornet and the Dassault Rafale for a new order for 101 aircraft, a bulk of which are to be made in India.
The MiG-35 includes active phased array (AFAR) radar capable of capturing and tracking up to 30 targets at the same time. It also includes an optical-location station for searching, tracking and viewing air, ground and surface targets.
As power plants on the MiG-35, RD-33MK turbojet engines are used which provide 12% more power than the RD-33 engines that power the MiG-29.
Main highlights of the MiG-35 (Single Seat)/MiG-35D (Twin Seat):
Integration of fifth-generation information-and-targeting systems in avionics equipment;
Increased combat survivability achieved through the implementation of on-board defense systems.
Avionics combined with advanced weaponry make MiG-35/MiG-35D fighters suitable for a wide range of missions, including:
Air superiority in engagement with fourth- and fifth-generation fighters;
Interception of existing and emerging air-assault weapons;
Precision attacks on ground and surface targets without entering air defense areas, in daylight and at night, in any weather;
Aerial reconnaissance using electro-optical and radio equipment;
Participation in group actions and functioning as an air group airborne command post
The MIG-35D can function as an aerial refueling aircraft with the second pilot seat removed.
Defenseworld.net has profiled the export version of MiG-35 aircraft unveiled at MAKS-2019 air show, Moscow.