Sputnik reports that Russia has begun mass deploying upgraded MIG-35 Fulcrum-F fighters with capabilities the same as fifth-generation aircraft and this deployment is sooner than schedule.
Mikoyan, Yuri Slyusar, said the MiG-35 fighters had been upgraded and scheduled to be handed over to the Russian Air Force earlier than expected.
“This is the first time that we have delivered the MIG-35 fighters earlier than expected, so the Russian Air Force could conduct tests and assess these aircraft earlier, which also helped us. Speeding up the production process has reduced production costs and the Russian Air Force has benefited from having earlier and cheaper aircraft. “
According to the delivery schedule, the Mikoyan Aircraft Corporation will hand over six MIG-35 aircraft to the Russian Air Force this year, and many will say it is likely that the MIG-35 will become an airplane. The main force of the Russian Air Force instead of Su-35s
The MIG-35 Fulcrum-F was developed based on the famous MIG-29, however, the engine, control system, radar, The exterior of the MIg-35 aircraft is covered with a paint that absorbs enemy radar waves, making the MIG-35 almost invisible to the radar screen. New modifications include the newly rolled-out Phazotron Zhuk-A/AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the first such radar on any Russian fighter. The Phazotron Zhuk-A/AE AESA radar offers a wider range of operating frequencies, providing better resistance to electronic countermeasures (ECM)s, extended detection range and more air and ground targets detected. The FGA-35 radar type, featured 688 mm antenna and 1016 T/R modules (originally planned 1064) with initial stage performance of a 200 km detection range for 3m2 RCS target. Later detection range was raised up to 250 km. It can track up to 30 targets at any time, engaging up to 6 air targets at once, or 4 ground targets at once.
The MIG-35 Fulcrum-F fighter jets are also very diverse, including the KAB-500 smart bomb, the Kh-31A anti-aircraft missile, the Kh-31P anti-aircraft missile, the R-73 air-to-air missile, the R-27 air-to-air missile, the Kh-35 anti-ship missile, the Kh-25ML air-to-surface missile. In the case of dogfight, the MIG-35 also has a 30mm cannon fired at high speed
The Russian Air Force has equipped the MIG-35 Fulcrum-F since 2000 and so far, the MIG-35 has been upgraded to new equipment and further strengthens the Russian Air Force.