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Russia Readies to Fly New MiG-35 ‘Fulcrum-F’ Combat Aircraft

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While US defense executives discussed how to solve air flow regulators aboard US jets like the F-35 at the Paris Air Show, MiG general director Ilya Tarasenko quietly confirmed that plans are moving along swiftly with the MiG-35. Testing of the aircraft will be complete by late 2017 or early 2018.

The MiG-35 is the next generation fighter jet, to follow the MiG-29 that’s been under development for over a decade.

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It "can take off from a very short lane, take off and land on unprepared airfields, and can be stored without a hangar for a period of a few months," said MiG spokeswoman Anastasia Kravchenko. While the stealth jet was not present at the Paris Air Show, it will make an appearance at the MAKS Air Show in July outside Moscow, Kravchenko said, according to Defense Tech.

Kravchenko did not get into details about specific clients that had approached Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, but she unveiled that suitors so far have been from south and southeast Asia, Latin America, and neighbors like Kazakhstan.

The MiG packs 12 percent more engine power than previous Russian models, she noted, adding, "if we’re talking about fifth-generation technologies, we can safely say that we have some of them integrated and not in tests, but in use by this jet," Kravchenko told Military.com.

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Russian Ministry of Defense officials would not reveal how many new MiG aircraft would be produced off the bat, Tarasenko noted. "But already today the Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces said that they are planning to gradually replace all the current MiG-29 aircraft with the MiG-35 model," he said in an interview with IHS Jane’s on June 24. There are currently about 350 MiG-29s in the fleet to pair with heavier model Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker and MiG-21 Foxhound aircraft. 

Russian MiG-35s will join Moscow’s aerial arsenal as soon as 2018. The export variant jets could be delivered by 2020, however, IHS Jane’s reported. 

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