MiG-35 / MiG-29M OVT / Fulcrum F
The Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F) is a 4++ generation fighter jet and a modification of the MiG-29M. It is equipped with air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles, as well as the Zhuk-A radar system. The MiG-29M OVT (Fulcrum F) highly maneuverable air superiority fighter was shown for the first time in August 2005 during the MAKS Air Show outside Moscow. The single-seat fighter, also marketed for export as the MiG-35, is powered by RD-33 OVT thrust vectoring control engines. The RD-33 OVT engines provide superior maneuverability capability to the aircraft enhancing its performance in close air-to-air engagements. The unique performance characteristics of this aircraft are based on RD-33 OVT thrust vectoring control engines.
The MiG-35 enters into the new unified family of warplanes along with the MiG-29K/MiG-29KUB multipurpose front fighters. The elements in common for all fighters of the family are the design of the air frame, the power-plant, avionics and an adjustable vector of draft. Fighters of the family are executed in single and double variants, a degree of unification between which on a design and arms comes nearer to 100%.
MiG-35 - Russian Service
Under the state arms procurement program through 2020, the Russian Air Force was to buy an estimated 50 MiG-35 fighter planes. However, the specifications and performance of the domestic fighter, due to be adopted by the country’s air force, had not been clarified to date. The previous high command of the Russian Air Force was leery of the very idea of buying these warplanes and the possible modernization of operational MiG-29s. So far there is no reason to believe that the new Air Force commanders will drastically change their approach.
The Russian Defense Ministry postponed the purchase of 37 MiG-35 fighter jets until 2016, Kommersant daily reported 17 August 2013. The ministry was originally due to sign the purchase agreement with MiG in June, but last month the aircraft corporation's general director Sergei Korotkov told RIA Novosti that the contract had still not been signed. The ministry will now sign the contract in 2016, thereby putting off spending about 37 billion rubles ($1.1 billion) from the state armament program budget to a later payment period, as requested by the Finance Ministry, Kommersant said.
The newspaper cited a Defense Ministry source as saying that the ministry had not been able to issue the order over delays in drawing up the design. “At the same time as that was going on, we received a proposal from the Finance Ministry to delay spending until 2016 part of the funds allocated within the state arms program for 2014-2016,” the newspaper quoted the source as saying. “After analyzing [the situation] we made the decision to put back the purchase of the MiG-35s,” the source said, adding that the number of jets the ministry plans to buy – 37 – remains unchanged.
By mid-2014 the Russian aircraft-manufacturing corporation MiG was considering the possibility of building a fifth-generation fighter. The new aircraft may be based on the MiG-35, and will be further enhanced by advanced avionics and weapons. According to MiG managing director Sergei Korotkov, the corporation's experts are already working on a concept for the new fighter. "I know that this is one of the ideas, one of the directions that the design bureau is working on. I very much hope that soon we shall develop this area of work more seriously," he said.
The MiG-35 will be tested in 2017, and in 2018 will start to arrive in the Aerospace Forces (VKS) Russia, the head of the directorate of military aircraft of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Vladimir Mikhailov programs told Tass 09 June 2016. "Under the contract with the Ministry of Defence on the MiG-35 is now going on OCD (development work - approx Tass.) They come with little behind schedule due to the fault of enterprises cooperation, delaying deliveries of components, but we can say that in general the problem. solved, we catch up with the schedule in 2017 will be a very brief time trial machine, since there was already repeatedly proven its prototype in 2018 the aircraft will be supplied in part VKS "-.. Mikhailov said.
The contract with the Ministry of Defence for the supply of MiG-35 had not yet been signed, said a spokesman for the KLA. "First you have to make a plane, and then to sign a contract How many cars will be purchased -. Now the exact figure will not name, but previously planned purchase of 37 aircraft," - said the head of the directorate of the KLA. Previously CEO of RAC "MiG" Sergei Korotkov said that the flight tests of the MiG-35 pre-production batch would begin in 2016. RAC "MiG" expected to enter into a contract for serial deliveries of MiG-35 Russian military is not the first year. Earlier, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that under the state program of armaments to 2020 the military should get 30 of these machines. Later, Commander of Air-Space Force Viktor Bondarev reported that the aircraft will enter the army in 2018.
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