Cutting-Edge MiG-35: Welcome to Russian Aerospace Forces!

Russia's newest MiG-35 warplane is knocking on the Aerospace Forces' door. Engineers are putting the finishing touches to the multipurpose plane that will augment Russia's military power with new capabilities very soon. Let's have a closer look at this fighter of the future.

The MiG-35 is able to detect and destroy aerial, ground and surface targets, the manufacturer's CEO told journalists.

"It has a necessary set of avionics enabling the use of all means of currently available air weapons against aerial, ground and surface targets."

A deep development of the MiG-29 family, the advanced jet can simultaneously lock on to 10 targets and can engage up to six of them. In contrast with its predecessors, the MiG-35 made significant evolutionary steps:

• It carries more weapons;
• Flight costs 2,5 times less;
• Pilots use helmet imaging systems;
• The plane carries more fuel and can participate in air refueling as both "recipient" and "donor";
• The MiG-35 is equipped with a very sophisticated electronic warfare system and an anti-missile system;
• It has a range of the 5th generation aircraft characteristics etc.

"We attribute the plane to the 4th++ generation which means it has some features of the 5th generation aircraft such as stealthiness and multitasking functionality," Sergei Korotkov added.

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The jet is armed with a 30mm gun, air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-ship, anti-radar missiles, rockets, bombs and aerial mines.

The JSC Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG expects to sign a contract on the delivery of the planes later in 2016. The aircraft will enter the Aerospace Forces' ranks in 2018-2020.

The MiG-35 aircraft was first presented internationally during the Aero India 2007 air show.

Another Russian 4th++ generation combat plane, the supermaneuverable Su-35, is already being supplied to the Aerospace Forces and has even participated in Moscow's counterterrorism campaign in Syria.

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