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Russia offers MiG-35 after Algeria rejects MiG-29SMTs PDF Print E-mail
Written by geostrategy-direct   
Thursday, 26 June 2008

Mig-35 Fulcrum-F
Mig-35 Fulcrum-F

 MOSCOW — Executives said the Russian Defense Ministry and the state-owned arms agency Rosoboronexport have agreed in principle to offer the MiG-35 to the Algerian Air Force. They said Algeria would be allowed to trade in the MiG-29SMTs rejected by the North African state in 2007.

"We are currently in negotiations on delivering our fighter aircraft, including MiG-35s, to Algeria," MiG Corp. chief executive officer Anatoly Belov said.

In a May 28 briefing at the Berlin Air Show, Belov said his company was prepared to offer the MiG-35. The chief executive did not report Algerian agreement to order the aircraft.

Mikoyan Gurevich MIG-35 Fulcrum
Mikoyan test pilot Mikhail Belyayev is rehearsing his flight display plan. RSK MIG chief test pilot Pavel Vlasov (01:26) is observing and providing feedback through the radio.
Pavel Vlasov

Mikhail Belyayev

Info about Mig-35 Fulcrum-F (Микоян Миг-35)

Mig-29OVT/Mig-35 MAKS 2007


MiG-29 OVT(MiG-35)


Right-click to download Mig-35 video - first official presentation.

So far, Algeria has demanded a trade of its 2006 order of 35 MiG-29SMTs for up to 16 Su-30MKA fighters. The order of 29 single-seat and six two-seat MiG-29SMT Fulcrums was reported at $1.3 billion.

In 2007, the Algerian Air Force flew the Su-30 and expressed satisfaction with the platform. Russia has agreed to the trade of the MiG-29 for the Su-30 and expects to sign a new contract by September 2008.

Algiers has already ordered 28 Su-30s in a $2.5 billion contract. Six Sukhois have already arrived, with the remainder scheduled for delivery until 2010.


The Mikoyan MiG-35 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-35, NATO reporting name "Fulcrum-F") is a mature development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB technology. Classified as a 4.5 generation fighter aircraft, the only existing prototype is the third modification of the existing MiG-29M2 airframe which previously served as MiG-29M2 model demonstrator. The MiG-35 is now classed as a medium-weight aircraft because its maximum take-off weight has increased by 30 percent which exceeds its previous criteria of classification.

The MiG-35 was officially unveiled when the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergey Ivanov, visited Lukhovitsky Machine Building Plant "MAPO-MIG".[1] Its vastly improved avionics and weapon systems, notably the new AESA radar and the uniquely designed Optical Locator System (OLS), relieves the aircraft from relying on ground-controlled interception (GCI) systems and enables it to conduct independent multi-role missions.

The aircraft is being marketed under the designation MiG-35 (single seat) and MiG-35D (dual-seat) for export. MiG Corporation had their first official international MiG-35 presentation during Aero India 2007.[2]


  • 1 Development
    • 1.1 Unveiling at Aero India 2007
  • 2 Design
    • 2.1 Features
    • 2.2 Powerplant
    • 2.3 Cockpit
    • 2.4 Sensors
      • 2.4.1 Summary statistic of the OLS
    • 2.5 Other
  • 3 Specifications
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


The MiG-35/MiG-35D exhibits the latest advancements on MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 fighters in combat efficiency enhancement, universality and operational characteristics improvement.[3]

The main features of the new design are the fifth-generation information-sighting systems, compatibility with Russian and foreign origin weapons application and an integrated variety of defensive systems to increase combat survivability. The new overall design overtakes the design concepts of the baseline model and enables the new aircraft to conduct full-scale multi-role missions as their western counterparts.

New avionics are intended to allow the aircraft to retain air superiority against fourth- and fifth-generation fighters as well as to perform all-weather precision ground strikes, aerial reconnaissance with opto-electronic and radar equipment and to conduct complex joint missions. The new aircraft has greater weapons load on nine pylons, increased fuel capacity, better anti-corrosion protection, significantly reduced radar signature and a quadruply-redundant fly-by-wire control system.

Responding to earlier criticism, the new design is substantially more reliable than the previous variants. The airframe lifetime and its service life have been extended and it is fitted with new engines with longer mean time between overhauls (MTBO), resulting in a decrease in flight-hour cost of almost 2.5 times compared to those of the old variants. The new engines are now smokeless and include a FADEC type electronic control system for better performance. All aspect vector nozzles which had been demonstrated on MiG-29OVT are also optional.

Other technological improvements were also introduced to enhance the aircraft's ability to conduct independent operations. For example, an airborne oxygen generation plant was added. RAC MiG and the Italian company Elettronica signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide the MIG-35 with a new multifunction self-protection jammer.[4]

Furthermore, the RAC MiG engineers developed a set of training simulators to help pilots master the sophisticated controls of the new aircraft. The simulators offer interactive computer-based training systems and offer full-mission motion simulation.

The first demonstrator, a dual-seat aircraft, was built on an existing MiG-29M2 airframe, which previously served as a demonstrator for modifications designated MiG-29MRCA and MiG-29M2. It was presented for the first time at an international air show when the aircraft was unveiled at Aero India 2007.

Unveiling at Aero India 2007

Russia unveiled the MiG-35 at the Aero India 2007 airshow in Bangalore,[5] amid Moscow's keenness to sell these planes to India. It was reported that the MiG-35 made its way from Moscow to Bangalore in less than three hours, assisted by in-flight refueling on the way and flying at supersonic speeds.

The MiG-35 is a contender with the Eurofighter Typhoon, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, JAS 39 Gripen and F-16 Falcon for the bid of more than 126 multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) to be procured by the Indian Air Force.

Aero India 2007 was the first time that the final version of the MiG-35 fighter was displayed in an international air show. Until then, only the prototype of the MiG-35 had been shown to the public at air shows in Russia and the UK in 2005.



The most important changes are the Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the RD-33MK engines and the newly designed Optical Locator System (OLS).[6][7][8] Other obvious changes in the cockpit are the reduction in analog electronics.


The RD-33MK "Morskaya Osa" (Russian: Морская Оса: "Sea Wasp") was installed by the new modification. It is the latest version of the RD-33 and was intended to power the MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB. It has 7% more power compared to the baseline model due to the use of modern materials in the cooled blades, providing a higher thrust of 9,000 kgf. In response to earlier criticism, the new engines are smokeless and include systems that reduce infrared and optical visibility. The engines may be fitted with vectored-thrust nozzles, which would result an increase in combat efficiency by 12 to 15%.[9][10]


Analog electronics are minimized, being replaced by 3 equal-size colour liquid-crystal (LCD) multi-function displays (MFDs) and an additional display for the OLS (the MiG-35D rear cockpit has four LCDs).


New modifications include the newly rolled-out Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and an optronic complex consisting of the newly designed OLS to replace the previous IRST sensor, an additional OLS under the right air intake, and a pair of laser emission detectors on each wing tip.

The new airborne AESA radar offers a wider range of operating frequencies, providing more resistance to electronic countermeasures (ECM), more detection range, more air and ground targets detected, tracked and able to be engaged simultaneously

The OLS, a new development from space technologies, incorporates a helmet-mounted target designation system providing targeting solutions for both ground and air targets in the forward and aft hemispheres of the aircraft. The most vital difference from the previous IRST sensor is that the new device provides not only a better operation range but also offers manually switchable display options of IR view, TV mode or a mix of both that had significantly improved man-machine coordination. The OLS on the nose serve as the IRST while the OLS under the right air intake served as the ground strike designator.

Summary statistic of the OLS

In air combat, the optronic suite allows:

  • Detection of non-afterburning targets at 45 km range and more;
  • Identification of those targets at 8 to 10 km range; and
  • Estimates of aerial target range at up to 15 km.

For ground targets, the suite allows:

  • A tank-effective detection range up to 15 km, and aircraft carrier detection at 60 to 80 km;
  • Identification of the tank type on the 8 to 10 km range, and of an aircraft carrier at 40 to 60 km; and
  • Estimates of ground target range of up to 20 km.

The defensive system equipment consists of radar reconnaissance, electronic countermeasures, and optical systems — notably the laser emission detector on each wingtip — which are able to detect and evaluate the approaching danger and operate decoy dispensers to counteract the approaching threat in the radar and infrared ranges.


The aircraft is designed to be compatible with foreign avionics and weapon systems. It is fitted with a MIL-STD-1553 bus.[11]


The MiG-35 is currently in development. Information listed below is preliminary and may change.

Data from Aero India,[5] ASD-network,[12] and MiG-29M2 data[13]

General characteristics




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