MANUFACTURER(S): Russian Aircraft Corporation MIG - Russia
OPERATORS: Egypt (planned); Russia (planned)
LENGTH: 56.76 feet (17.3 meters)
WIDTH: 39.37 feet (12 meters)
HEIGHT: 15.42 feet (4.7 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 24,251 pounds (11,000 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 65,477 pounds (29,700 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Klimov RD-33MK turbofan engines developing 19,840lb each with afterburner (11,900lb thrust dry).
SPEED (MAX): 1,491 miles-per-hour (2400 kilometers-per-hour; 1,296 knots)
RANGE: 1,243 miles (2,000 kilometers; 1,080 nautical miles)
CEILING: 57,415 feet (17,500 meters; 10.87 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 65,000 feet-per-minute (19,812 meters-per-minute)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F) 4th Generation Multirole Lightweight Fighter Aircraft.
Entry last updated on 6/21/2018.
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The Mikoyan MiG-35 is the latest incarnation of the successful light-weight MiG-29 Fulcrum series. With an increase to its MTOW as much as 30 percent, the MiG-35 is now considered in the medium weight class. The aircraft is codenamed "Fulcrum-F" by NATO and is considered a full-fledged multi-role platform utilizing the latest in targeting and tracking systems comparable to Western aircraft types. The aircraft is intended as both a local and export product and is adaptable to various Western systems to allow the product to compete up more favorably in the marketplace. The MiG-35 is a further development of the MiG-29M model and features advancements proven through the MiG-29K as well.
The MiG-35 has been complete in a few flyable prototype forms with the aircraft's initial official appearance coming at Aero India 2007 (the aircraft was, at one point, offered to India as the Mikoyan solution to Indian multi-role aircraft needs for 125 aircraft). The MiG-35 arrives a a direct contender to the venerable American Lockheed Martin F-16 "Fighting Falcon" and Boeing/McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Super Hornet", the French Dassault "Rafale", the Swedish SAAB JAS 39 "Gripen", and the European consortium Eurofighter "Typhoon" multirole fighters.
In terms of finding equal footing with its Western counterparts, the MiG-35 does just that in sporting three large liquid-crystal multi-function displays as opposed to the old Soviet/Russian trademark design philosophy of incorporating analog electronic dials. In the two-seat version of the MiG-35, the rear cockpit features no fewer than four multi-function displays. Perhaps the most important upgrade to the life of the series is the inclusion of the powerful Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically-scanned array offering improved target tracking (improved array range for early detection, multiple target tracking, etc...) and enemy target avoidance. Targets can be designated through the helmet mounted system in both air-to-air and air-to-surface modes. Air-to-air detection can occur as far away as 45 kilometers while air-to-surface detection is within 20 kilometers. Beyond the advanced radar and targeting systems, the MiG-35 is given a higher-rated engine capable of 19,840lbf as well as afterburning capability. The engines can also be adapted to fit vectored-thrusting nozzles for improved handling and dog-fighting capabilities.
As an export product, the MiG-35 is considered "friendly" when it comes to adapting itself to foreign-designed weaponry and avionics suites. Base weaponry is a single 30mm GSh-1 series cannon while external hardpoints mount a variety of air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry, from missiles to bombs and rockets to fuel tanks. The improvements throughout the MiG-35 have now brought its general classification up to a medium-weight aircraft and an integrated in-flight refueling system has also been documented.
Beyond these changes and additions, the MiG-35 sports more weapons hardpoints (nine) than its original form (seven) and larger wing and tail surfaces. The Electronic Warfare (EW) system has been improved as has radar and the infrared sensor equipment. Empty weight is 24,250lb against an MTOW of 65,500lb.
Performance specifications include a maximum speed of 1,500mph, a range out to 1,240 miles, and a service ceiling of 57,400 feet. Rate-of-climb is listed at 65,000 feet per minute.
The MiG-35 has been ordered by the air forces of Egypt and Russia. The Russian Air Force may take delivery of the product as soon as 2018 to replace its aging stable of MiG-29 aircraft. India remains in the running as a potential MiG-35 customer despite its recent commitment to the French Rafale. Other potentials include China, Peru, and Vietnam as well as the host of current MiG-29 operators who may be looking to upgrade.
February 2017 - It was announced that the MiG-35 had begun formal flight testing, putting it one step closer to reaching serial manufacture and operational service.
April 2017 - Photographs showcasing one of the first Egyptian MiG-35 aircraft were unveiled.
July 2017 - At MAKS 2017, Russian officials announced a renewed commitment to the MiG-35 under the new Russian rearmament program (slated to cover 2018-2025). Serial production of the aircraft, now in active flight-testing (since January of 2017), is set to begin in 2019. The aircraft carries 2 x Klimov RD-33MK series turbofan engines, an advanced digital engine control system, all-glass cockpit and X-band Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar. It is also finished with an L-band radar fit to counter stealth enemies. An initial batch order of twenty-four aircraft is scheduled for procurement and these will be used to directly succeed the aging line of MiG-29 fighters still in service with the Russian Air Force.
December 2017 - It has been stated by Mikoyan officials that the MiG-35 program is nearing the end of its development with a focus now being placed on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) by the company. The MiG-35 is on track to appear sometime in 2019 and is touted as a much-improved version of the Cold War-era MiG-29 platform.
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