BENGALURU (India), (Sputnik) — The Russian Armed Forces will receive the first two MiG-35 multirole fighters for tests this year and the next, President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yury Slyusar said Tuesday.
"We have a contract signed with the Defense Ministry, a UAC contract. As part of this, we transfer two aircraft, [the contract] will be carried out in 2017-2018," Slyusar told reporters.
According to open sources, MiG-35 is capable of carrying up to seven tonnes of payload and reach a speed of 2,700 mph.
The MiG-35 fighter can participate in high-intensity conflicts, amid conditions where the enemy is engaged in aggressive air defense, and is capable of striking aerial and surface targets. The Russian Aerospace Forces will replace all light fighter aircraft with the new planes. The MiG-35 will master the use of laser weapons.