Mikoyan MiG-35

The Mikoyan MiG-35 is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB technology. It is classified as a 4++ generation jet fighter by Mikoyan. The first prototype was a modification of the aircraft that previously served as MiG-29M2 model demonstrator. 10 prototypes have been built so far and are currently subject to extensive field trials.

MiG Corporation first officially presented the MiG-35 internationally during the Aero India 2007 air show. The MiG-35 was officially unveiled when the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergey Ivanov, visited Lukhovitsky Machine Building Plant "MAPO-MIG". The single seat version is designated MiG-35 and the two-seat version is MiG-35D. The fighter has 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.

Mikoyan MiG-35
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Mikoyan and Gurevich
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 2007
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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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-35.

The final configuration of the MiG-35's onboard equipment has been left open intentionally using the MIL-STD-1553 bus. The main advantage of an open architecture configuration for its avionics is that future customers will have options to choose from components and systems made by Russian, United States, French and Israeli sources. The Ramenskoye Design Company will act as systems integrator.

The RD-33MK "Morskaya Osa" 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%.

RD-33OVT engine variant comes with thrust vectoring nozzles, and can direct thrust in two directions or planes. As of 2012, the only in-service, in-production fighter jet using this technology is Su-35. Other current thrust-vectoring aircraft, such as the Su-30MKI and the F-22, have nozzles that each vector in one plane.

New modifications include the newly rolled-out Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The Phazotron Zhuk-AE 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 radar is thought to have detection range of 160 km (86 nmi) for air targets and 300 km (160 nmi) for ships.

Role Multirole fighter, Air superiority fighter
National origin Russia
Manufacturer Mikoyan
First flight 2007
Status In development
Number built 3 known completed by June 2010
Developed from Mikoyan MiG-29M

General characteristics

  • Crew: one or two

  • Length: 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)

  • Empty weight: 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)

  • Loaded weight: 17,500 kg (38,600 lb)

  • Max. takeoff weight: 29,700 kg (65,500 lb)

  • Powerplant: 2 × 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 (19,840 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.25 (2,400 km/h, 1,491 mph) at altitude;[29] 1,450 km/h (901 mph) at low-level

  • Range: 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)

  • Rate of climb: 330 m/s (65,000 ft/min[31])

  • Thrust/weight: 1.03[32]

  • Max. maneuvering load factor: 10.0 g[30]


  • Guns: 1× 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon, 150 rounds

  • Hardpoints: 9 total (8× under-wing, 1× centre-line) with a capacity of 7,000 kg[7]

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

  • Missiles:

    • Air-to-air:

      • 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

    • Air-to-surface:

      • AS-17 Krypton: 4× Kh-31A, Kh-31P

      • AS-14 Kedge: 4× Kh-29T, Kh-29L

  • Bombs:

    • Guided:

      • KAB-500L: 500 kg laser-guided bomb

      • KAB-500T: 500 kg TV-guided bomb

    • Unguided:

      • FAB-250: 250 kg bomb

      • FAB-500: 500 kg bomb

      • ZAB-500 fuel-air explosive Bomb


  •  Phazotron Zhuk AE AESA radar (or other members of the Zhuk radar family)[33]

  • NII PP OLS-UEM Optical Location station

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