Mikoyan MiG-35

TypeMultirole fighter
Country of originRussia
First flight2007
ProducedData is not available
Numbers built3 known completed by June 2010
Unit costsData is not available
Max speedMach 2.25 (2,400 km/h, 1,491 mph) at altitude

1,450 km/h (901 mph) at low-level
Max rangeRange: 2,000 km (1,240 mi)
Combat radius: 1,000 km (620 mi)
Ferry range: 3,100 km (1,930 mi) with 3 external fuel tanks
Service ceiling: 17,500 m (57,400 ft)
DimensionsLength: 17.3 m (56 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
Height: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Wing area: 38 m2 (409 ft2)
WeightEmpty weight: 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)
Loaded weight: 17,500 kg (38,600 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 29,700 kg (65,500 lb)
Powerplant2 × Klimov RD-33MK afterburning turbofans
Dry thrust: 5,400 kgf, 53.0 kN (11,900 lbf) each
Thrust with afterburner: 9,000 kgf, 88.3 kN (19,800 lbf) each
ArmamentGuns: 1× 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon, 150 rounds

Hardpoints: 9 total (8× under-wing, 1× centre-line)

Rockets: S-8, S-13, S-24, S-25L, S-250 unguided and laser-guided rockets

AA-10 Alamo: 4× R-27R, R-27T, R-27ER, R-27ET
AA-8 Aphid: 4× R-60M
AA-11 Archer: 8× R-73E, R-73M, R-74M
AA-12 Adder: 8× R-77
AS-17 Krypton: 4× Kh-31A, Kh-31P
AS-14 Kedge: 4× Kh-29T, Kh-29L

KAB-500L: 500 kg laser-guided bomb
KAB-500T: 500 kg TV-guided bomb
FAB-250: 250 kg bomb
FAB-500: 500 kg bomb
ZAB-500 fuel-air explosive Bomb
The Mikoyan MiG-35 Fulcrum-F is a further advancement of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB technology. There were 10 prototypes have been constructed and they stay to be subject to comprehensive field trials. The MiG-35 is now classified as a medium-weight aircraft as its maximum take-off weight has risen by 30 % which surpasses its earlier criteria of classification.

MiG Corporation initially displayed the MiG-35 in the Aero India 2007 air show. The single seat version is designated MiG-35 and the two-seat version is MiG-35D. The fighter has significantly much better avionics and weapon systems, particularly the new AESA radar and the distinctively designed Optical Locator System (OLS), minimizes the aircraft from counting on ground-controlled interception (GCI) systems and allows it to carry out independent multi-role missions.

The MiG-35/MiG-35D displays the most recent innovations on MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 fighters in combat efficiency advancement, universality and operational characteristics enhancement. The major features of the new design are the 5th-generation information-sighting systems, allowing the aircraft to be compatible with Russian and foreign origin weapons application and a number of defensive systems to maximize combat survivability.

New avionics are designed to support the MiG-35 to achieve air superiority and also to carry out all-weather precision ground strikes, aerial reconnaissance and to execute complex joint missions. The new aircraft has increased weapons load on nine pylons, enhanced fuel capacity, better anti-corrosion protection and considerably decreased radar signature.

The Design of MiG-35

The major improvements over the MiG-29K resulting in the new MiG-35 were the use of Phatzoron Zhuk-AE AESA radar, the new Optical Locator System (OLS) and the new RD-33MK engines to power the new model.

The Phatzoron Zhuk-AE AESA radar provides a wider range of perating frequencies, more detection range with more targets, both air and ground targets, to detect. The radar can track and engage several targets at a time.

The RD-33MK Morskaya Osa (Sea Wasp) has 7% more power compared to the baseline model. The engines are also smokeless and feature a system to lessen infrared and optical visibility. In addition, the engines can also be equipped with vectored-thrust nozzles which can increase combat efficiency.

In the cockpit, the MiG-35 is fitted with 3 equal-size LCD and multi-function displays and an extra display for the OLS.

For supporting its role as a multirole fighter, the MIG-35 is armed with several air-to-air and air-to surface missiles such as AA-10 Alamo, AA-8 Aphid, AS-17 Krypton and AS-14 Kedge. The fighter can carry both guided and unguided bombs for ground-attack mission.

For short, the MiG-35 is a clear competitor for France’s Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon considering its latest technology and capabilities.

MiG-35 videos

MiG-35 In Action

Russian MiG-35 ‘Fulcrum-F’

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