Russia has unveiled the MiG-35 at an Indian air show Aero India 2007 in Bangalore, amid Moscow's keen interest to sell these planes to India. It was reported that the MIG 35 made it to Bangalore from Moscow, in under three hours, with as many mid air refuellings on the way, flying at supersonic speeds.
The MiG-35 is considered to be a serious contender to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale and F-16 Falcon for the bid of more than 126 multirole combat aircraft to be procured by the Indian Air Force. Since the IAF already has maintenance and upgrade facilities for the MiG-29, this would mean that the plane could be brought into service with a minimum of expenditure on infrastructure.
Aero India 2007 was the first time that the final version of MiG-35 fighter was displayed. Until the air show in Bangalore only the prototype of the MiG-35 had been shown to the public at air shows in Russia and Britain in 2005. Mikoyan and the Italian company Elettronica in Rome signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide the MIG-35 with a new multifunction self-protection jammerThe Mikoyan MiG-35 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-35) (NATO reporting name Fulcrum F) is the production version of the latest MiG-29 with a thrust vectoring engine and that uses fly-by-wire technology. The aircraft uses the MiG-29M1 airframe and was formerly known as the MiG-29OVT (MiG-29M2 and MiG-29MRCA refer to the twin-seat development). This latest fighter is more agile and has an increased range of more than 2,100 kilometres. It also features improved avionics, vast improvements in weapons, HOTAS systems, wide range of weapons of air to air and air to ground, as well as a variety of defensive and offensive avionics suite. It is no longer tied to the GCI system and would be able to conduct operations independently. It has eight weapon pylons and is able to refuel as well as carry three external fuel tanks. The aircraft is being marketed under the designation MiG-35 for potential export. Russia is promoting the aircraft to various countries such as Syria, Libya, Iran, Algeria, Sudan, India, Mexico, Brazil, Peru. Malaysia is evaluating the type to add to its existing MiG-29B-12 Fulcrums and to the new Su-30MKM Flankers, due to be delivered in 2006.
The latest MiG-35 is to be equipped with the new Phazotron Zhuk-AE AESA radar.This new radar can detect aerial targets at 130km range head-on. It can track 30 aerial targets and simultaneously engage 6 in attack mode.General characteristics
* Crew: One
* Length: 62 ft 4 in (19 m)
* Wingspan: 49 ft 10 in (15.2 m)
* Height: 19 ft 8 in (6 m)
* Empty weight: 33,069 lb (15,0 kg)
* Loaded weight: 76,059 lb (34,500 kg)
* Powerplant: 2× Two RD 33 OVT optional (thrust vectoring) afterburning turbofans
* Maximum speed: 1,367 mph (Mach 2+ km/h)
* Range: 20 km (with external tanks 60 km)
* Service ceiling: 62,0 ft (18,900 m)
* 1x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds
* Eight weapon pylons for R-27, R-60, R-73, R-77, TV and Laser-Guided Air to ground missiles and bombs. One centerline pylon for external fuel tanks
* Up to 20 lbs of bombs