Russian MiG-35: Super Jet Can ‘Capture Ten Targets Simultaneously’



The JSC Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG has presented the first batch of MiG-35 multi-purpose warplanes. Flight tests of the multipurpose plane will begin in 2016.

The MiG-35 has a necessary set of avionics enabling the use of all means of currently available air weapons against aerial, ground and surface targets. It also had a single or a double seat option which was previously assigned to specialized training and combat aircraft.


Today, the corporation has been working on the preparations for the production launch of the new generation 4 ++ fighters.

“We have done a lot to increase the life of the aircraft and to reduce the cost of its operation, which is essential for the light fighter. An additional competitive advantage of MiG-35 is the possibility to use the exploitation of MiG-29 infrastructure. We hope that the MiG-35 will go into Russian Aerospace Forces in the period of 2018-2020,” the General Director of Corporation MiG, Sergei Korotkov said.

A deep development of the MiG-29 family, the advanced jet can simultaneously lock on to 10 targets and can engage up to six of them. In contrast with its predecessors, the MiG-35 has made significant evolutionary steps:

• It carries more weapons;

• Flight costs 2.5 times less;

• Pilots use helmet imaging systems;

• The plane carries more fuel and can participate in air refueling as both “recipient” and “donor”;

• The MiG-35 is equipped with a very sophisticated electronic warfare system and an anti-missile system;

• It has a range of 5th generation aircraft characteristics etc.

“The contract for the R & D work is in progress. We have carried out the first stage of this project — which is the technical part. It has been protected and accepted by the Ministry of Defense. That is why we go to the part of the contract, which was signed by the Ministry of Defense.

Today the plane, located here, has passed all stages of assembly and this year it will be compiled and presented to the customer a summer trial,” said Korotkov.The expert further said, “Even today, it is made from the fifth-generation features such as stealth and multi-functionality. There is a specific requirement for the cabin and aerodynamic device in which the pilot is seated.”

The aircraft can reach speeds of Mach 2.23 and fly as high as 19,000 meters. In addition, the aircraft can carry a full range of existing and prospective aircraft weapons.

“It simultaneously captures 10 targets and can strike four to six targets at the same time,” Korotkov said.

The jet is armed with a 30mm gun, air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-ship, anti-radar missiles, rockets, bombs and aerial mines. The MiG-35 aircraft was first presented internationally during the Aero India 2007 air show.


US F-35 ‘Troubled Fighter Jet of Future’ May Lose to Russia’s PAK FA

Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA Prototype


The US government continues the implementation of contracts for production of the fifth-generation fighter-bombers the F-35 Lightning II.

However, the Pentagon still cannot accurately determine the true capacity of the aircraft and the feasibility of its use, reported the digital news publication The Fiscal Times.According to a report issued by J. Michael Gilmore, the director of Operational Test and Evaluation Office within the Department of Defense, the dates for the start of military testing of the F-35 have been shifted by a year with testing of fighters not to begin until August 2018.

Nevertheless, more than 500 aircraft may be produced before the finished tests. The definite list of modifications to the basic model which are required by the US armed forces also remains unclear so far.

The publication called the US F-35 jet “the Pentagon’s troubled fighter jet of the future.” As the testing continues, the contractors being paid by the federal government will have produced as many as 500 jets worth $100 million or so apiece, “before the Defense Department can say for sure that the plane can do what it’s supposed to do.”

“These aircrafts will require a still-to-be-determined list of modifications” to be fully capable. “However, these modifications may be unaffordable for the services as they consider the cost of upgrading these early lots of aircraft while the program continues to increase production rates in a fiscally constrained environment,” The Fiscal Times reported Michael Gilmore as saying.

The fifth-generation F-35 is being produced within the framework of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), designed to save money from the budget to create a single model of aircraft that could be used by all units of the US Armed Forces.

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Nevertheless, the exceeding of the original budget, as well as non-fulfillment of the deadlines under the JSF, has resulted in major disaster for the program. The very concept of a ‘single bomber’ for all the armed forces – means that the program is lost in misperception because every unit wants to adapt the aircraft to suit their specific requirements and combat missions.

“The only true fifth-generation fighter currently in operation is the US F-22. Known as the Raptor, the F-22 was extremely expensive and notoriously unreliable. The Pentagon has fewer than 200 of them. Congress stopped funding it in 2009, in part because the F-35 was thought to be on the way,” Gilmore wrote.

At the same time, it is expected that in 2017 Russia will launch its first fifth-generation fighter T-50 (PAK FA). Thus, until all the drawbacks with the F-35 are fixed, the most advanced fighter-bomber in the world will belong to Moscow and not to Washington, Gilmore concluded.


Flight tests of Russia’s 5th-generation fighter jet “practically completed”

Several planes are now primarily testing airborne avionics

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MOSCOW, December 7. /TASS/. The tests confirming the flight characteristics of Russia’s fifth-generation PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet have been actually completed, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV Channel on Monday.

“Several planes are now primarily testing airborne avionics. The tests proving the aircraft’s flight characteristics have practically been completed,” the deputy defense minister said.

Deputy Defense Minister Borisov earlier told the media the Russian military would purchase only a squadron of PAK FA fighter jets, compensating this with a larger order for Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighters.

The Sukhoi PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) is a fifth-generation fighter program of the Russian Air Force. The T-50 is the name of the prototype aircraft designed by Sukhoi for the PAK FA program. The aircraft is a stealthy, single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and will be the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. It is a multipurpose fighter designed for the air superiority and attack roles. The fighter is planned to have super-cruise, stealth, super-manoeuvrability and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation of fighter aircraft as well as ground and maritime defences.

The PAK FA is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force and serve as the basis for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft being co-developed by Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force. PAK FA fighter first flew in 2010.

Russian MiG-35 Fighter Jets to Be Equipped With Brand New Navigation System



Russian multirole MiG-35 fighter jets will receive the latest platform-less inertial navigation system, the CEO of the Moscow Institute of Electro Mechanics and Automation, Alexei Kuznetsov, said Friday.

“The MiG-35 will receive the navigation system. We have signed a contract, we have to put some samples for testing at the end of this — early next year,” said Kuznetsov.

The system is designed to determine the location of the object, complex processing and delivering navigation and flight information. The system is able to determine the coordinates and parameters of an object in the autonomous mode and in the absence of terrestrial, marine or space signals.

The MiG-35 is a multipurpose 4 ++ generation fighter, it is a further development of the MiG-29K / KUB and MiG-29M / M2 combat aircraft with improved combat effectiveness and versatility, as well as improved performance.

In August, CEO of ‘MiG’ Sergey Korotkov said that the signing of the contract to supply he Russian Defense Ministry with MiG-35s is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. The aircraft will enter the Russian Air Force in 2018-2020.


Forgotten Russian MiG Resurrected as New Chinese 5th Generation Jet?

Chengdu J-20

The first Russian fifth generation fighter is not the much advertised T-50, which according to plan should begin to arrive into the Russian Military and Space Forces in early 2016, but the almost forgotten project MiG 1.44, which was abandoned in the early 2000s.

The MiG 1.44 was developed in conjunction with the F-22 and could have gone into service in the late nineties but the collapse of the state, along with the difficult economic situation in the country, did not allow this to happen and the project had to be abandoned, with preference given to the ‘Sukhoi’ series.

Despite the fact that the project was canceled in Russia, MiG 1.44 sparked great interest in China as the country is currently developing two of such fifth-generation fighters.

According to the Chinese, the J-20 will become the first full-fledged Chinese fifth-generation fighter but more interesting is that J-20 has a number of obvious resemblances to the MiG 1.44, and according to analysts of the Defence Aviation these similarities are striking.

“Both have a delta wing and a V-shaped tail part, which means that the Chinese while developing the aircraft kept the Russian prototype in mind,” Defence Aviation noted.

However, there is a main difference and that is that the Chinese J-20 at its center has “stealth” technology, whereas, the Russian MiG-1.44 was designed for air combat and eventually turned out, according to the Defence Aviation, very maneuverable for its size.

The Chief Editor of “Arms Export” Andrei Frolov noted that the Chinese have still not reached the level of technology needed to build a fifth-generation fighter.

“In particular, this applies to the engine — powerful and reliable, with variable thrust vector, as well as electronic warfare, which in turn makes our participation in the development of J-20 almost inevitable,” website Warfiles reported Frolov as saying.

In this context, Frolov mentioned the recent deal to sell 24 Russian Su-35, which was sold to the Chinese complete with the latest Russian AL-41F1engines, also known as the “Article 117”. China does not need the plane, however the engines are essential for the continuation of the R&D of the fifth generation jets.


Progress made in talks on sale of Russia’s Su-35 fighter jets to China — Defense Ministry

“We’ll continue developing military and technical cooperation based on equitable relations and mutual benefit,” the spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry says


BEIJING, November 26. /TASS/. Substantial progress has been made in talks on selling Russia’s advanced Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets to China, a spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

“The implementation of the deal for the purchase of Su-35 aircraft meets the interests of Russia and China. Thanks to the efforts of both countries, it can be said that considerable results have been reached by now,” the spokesman said.

“We’ll continue developing military and technical cooperation based on equitable relations and mutual benefit,” the spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry said.

Russian state hi-tech corporation Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov earlier announced that Russia had signed a contract with China on the delivery of 24 Su-35 multifunctional fighter jets to China.

India, Malaysia to exchange info on operations of Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets

The Indian Air Force operates the customized MKI version of the Su-30 family of jets while Malaysian Air Force has the MKM variant of the jets on its tables of equipment

India's Sukhoi Su-30MKI

India’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI

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NEW DELHI, November 24. /TASS/. India and Malaysia have decided to set up a Sukhoi-30 forum – a joint platform for exchanging information on training, maintenance and technical support of the fleets of Su-30 fighter aircraft of Russian manufacture, which are operated by countries and which India has used in the past to train Malaysian Air Force pilots, The Economic Times daily said on Tuesday.

The Indian Air Force operates the customized MKI version of the Su-30 family of jets while Malaysian Air Force has the MKM variant of the jets on its tables of equipment. The number of these aircraft in India is expected to reach 272.

Since 2007, India has received 50 aircraft assembled in Russia and another 150 jets of the family were assembled on license by Indian factories afterwards. By 2018, the Indians hope to set up 14 squadrons of Su-30MKI fighters.

“We have considerable experience on the fighters and have operated them in all conditions,” an Air Force official told ET. “We can share our experience on things like maintenance as well as flight safety with Malaysia. Maintenance expertise as well as spares developed by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics could also be shared with Malaysia.”

China will get first Russian Su-35 fighters in 2016 — source

Su-35 fighter jet

Su-35 fighter jet

MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. The first batch of Russia’s Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets will be supplied to China in 2016, a source in the system of military and technical cooperation told TASS on Friday.

“The first fighter jets will arrive for China in 2016,” the source said.

It was reported on Thursday that Russia had signed a contract on the delivery of 24 Su-35 fighter jets to China. The deal is estimated at no less than $2 billion and also envisages the delivery of ground support equipment and reserve aircraft engines.

A source in the system of military and technical cooperation told TASS earlier on Friday that the contract would be implemented over the next there years