MiG-35 / MiG-29M OVT / Fulcrum F

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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-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.

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%.

Designer General of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Sergei Korotkov said 27 January 2017 that the fighter radar can track up to 30 targets simultaneously. "On-board radar can detect and track 10 to 30 targets simultaneously at a distance of 160 kilometers," - he said shortly. He stressed that the MiG-35 has high maneuverability, equipped with "optimal composition of the equipment," he airframe modified taking into account the ship's landing. Power plant - deeply modernized RD-33 MK modification, which is characterized by high stability, including the effects of weapons.

MiG-35 is able to occupy a favorable position to attack and would be the most efficient aircraft gain air superiority, he stressed general designer of the KLA. In addition, he said, the MiG-35 fighter will be able to fulfill the role tanker. "MiG-35 itself can act as a tanker, tucking in the air other aircraft auxiliary fuel tank can be installed on the copilot's seat." - Korotkov said. He also noted that "the aircraft engine can be replaced in the field for 58 minutes," stressing that it is one of the best in the world.

The main differences between the 35 th from other aircraft of the MiG-29 is the integration of the avionics (avionics) information-sighting fifth generation systems, the application of advanced airborne weapons of Russian and foreign production, as well as enhanced combat stability achieved through the introduction of modern means of electronic warfare (EW). The design of the 35's based on the solutions implemented on ship-based fighter MiG-29K / KUB and MiG-29M / M2.

MiG-35 and its double-seat modification of the MiG-35D are designed to carry out tasks for the destruction of air, moving and stationary land and sea targets in all climates and weather conditions. Both aircraft have the same structure, a set of avionics and nomenclature airborne weapons. Double can be used as a combat training aircraft for training pilots of the MiG-35 family.

In addition, the design of modern fighter applied corrosion protection technology airframe and core systems, appropriate standards of ship-based fighter. This greatly facilitates the operation of aircraft in difficult climatic conditions. Also on the MiG-35 significantly reduced radar signature, set three-channel digital integrated remote control system with quadruple redundancy.

In developing the MiG-35 attention was paid to the improvement of performance. In particular, the increased reliability of aircraft, engines and avionics, increased durability and life of the airframe. According to statements of the corporation "MiG" flight hour cost of MiG-35 is almost 2.5 times lower than that of the MiG-29. For fighters had developed a set of technical and technological solutions to ensure the autonomy-based, such as the onboard oxygen station.

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.

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 26 January 2017.

On 26 January 2017, at Lukhovitsy near Moscow production complex Aircraft Corporation "MiG" (part of the KLA) began flight tests of the new multirole fighter MiG-35 (NATO classification - Fulcrum-F). The state program of armaments development until 2020 provides for the delivery of MiG-35 Russian VKS. Fighters have to be tested in 2017, in 2018 is expected to start deliveries. Earlier VKS Commander Viktor Bondarev said that the plan to purchase more than 30 such machines.

All light fighter aircraft Air Space Forces (VKS) Russian armed aircraft will soon be of the MiG-35, the Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev said 27 January 2017. "In a short time, and we will change the whole light fighter aircraft precisely this class". According Bondarev, fighter purchases will go to the extent necessary. "It will be as necessary is not to say that tomorrow we drop everything and will buy 170 aircraft are now specifically say how much we take them, no one will say.." - Bondarev said. He also said that the MiG-35 will receive the "Swifts" aerobatic team, which now flies the MiG-29. "I think it is not far off the hour when we "Swifts" retrain at this wonderful aircraft," - the commander in chief said. Director General of RAC "MiG" stated 06 March 2017 that the newest fighter test will last about two years. "We have over the next two years is planned to conduct tests until the contract (for mass production) is not, we have a contract for the development of this aircraft.", - Said the head of the corporation. He noted that under the existing contract RAC "MiG" has produced two of the plane and started testing. "As long as the car behaves perfectly, and I believe that we are on schedule for testing," - he said, adding that as long as test pilots RAC "MiG" is looked upon as the MiG-35 behaves in the air. "While we are flying on aircraft performance, are working on a program course management systems in the test program includes a question regarding the use of all types of aircraft destruction." - Said Tarasenko.

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