First-Rate MiG-35 Multirole Jetfighter to Join Russia’s Fleet

MiG-35

 

The MiG-35 multirole jetfighter fully meets the demands of modern-day aerial combat and will be a welcome addition to Russia’s fleet of light frontline fighters, the Russian Airspace Forces’ former deputy commander, Col. Gen. Nikolai Antoshkin told RIA.

The Kremlin press service earlier said that President Vladimir Putin would attend a demonstration flight of the top-of-the-line fighter during a meeting with members of the Military-Industrial Commission on Thursday.

“The MiG-35 is a multirole fighter for our frontline aviation. It is a real game-changer in modern aerial combat. I am sure that the Commander-in-Chief fully realizes its potential,” Antoshkin said.

He added that the MiG-35 would be in high demands due to its unique tactical and technical characterizes that make it standout from its existing counterparts.

“This plane is much needed because it is more lightweight compared to the Su-27, Su-30, Su-34 and Su-35 fighters and it will be a good addition to our fleet of frontline fighters I wish I could fly this amazing plane myself,”  Nikolai Antoshkin said.

The MiG-35 is a multipurpose generation 4++ fighter and an advanced derivative of the original MiG-29 fighter.It is armed with a 30-mm cannon and carries 1,500 rounds of ammunition. It can carry up to 7,000 kg of payload on ten external pylons. It can also use various air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, guided and unguided rockets and bombs.

The MiG-35 has a maximum speed of 2,700 kilometers an hour, an effective range of 1,000 kilometers and a service ceiling of 17,5000 meters.

Serial purchases of the MiG-35 multirole fighter under the state arms procurement program will begin in 2019, President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yury Slyusar said Thursday.

He added that a presentation of the MiG-35 for potential foreign buyers will be held on January 27.

Russian Aerospace Forces Conduct No Actions in East Aleppo in Past Days

 

 Eastern districts in Aleppo

   Russia’s deputy foreign minister confirmed that the country’s Aerospace Forces have not operated in eastern Aleppo during the past days in compliance with the humanitarian pause.

   MOSCOW. The Russian Aerospace Forces have not conducted any actions in eastern Aleppo during the past days, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday.

   “The question if it is a full-scale humanitarian pause or not should be probably addressed to the representatives of the Defense Ministry, but I confirm that in the past days the actions of the [Russian] Aerospace Forces in eastern Aleppo have not been conducted, our planes are not flying there,” Ryabkov told journalists.