Russia Begins Testing a New Fighter Jet

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of flight tests of the Russian MiG-35

The new aircraft can track and carry out attacks on ten to 30 targets located on dry land and the sea. It also contains long-range weapons, which allow the aircraft to launch attacks on targets without entering air defence zones.

President Putin stated that the new Russian fighter jet might be of interest to foreign customers.

“I very much hope that our army will benefit greatly from this jet,” he added.

Yuri Slusar, the President of the United Aircraft Corporation (OAK), noted that all of the new fighter jet’s systems were developed in Russia and that the military department will start purchasing the MiG-35 in 2019.

Features of MiG-35

The MiG-35 is a light multipurpose generation “four ++” fighter jet. However, its characteristics are more similar to those of a fifth-generation aircraft. Fighter jets are primarily designed to gain an advantage in air combat and eliminate ground targets with the use of high-precision weapons.

The aircraft is based on the MiG-29. The main differences of the new jet that distinguish it from its predecessor are increased reliability, combat load and fuel capacity along with a reduced radar signature and lower operating costs.

The aircraft is fitted with electronic equipment, allowing for the use of all types of anti-aircraft weapons.

MiG-35 contains advanced weapons, which previously were not exported. Among them are long-range weapons, which allow for attacks to be carried out on targets without entering air defence zones. The aircraft is capable of performing “air to air,” “air to ground” and “air to ship” combat tasks. The MiG-35 is also equipped with a modern defence system that minimises the factor of surprise in the case of an enemy attacks and can recognise both airplanes and flying missiles.