Rus­sia ready to ex­port ad­vanced MiG-35 fighter to In­dia

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Rus­sia is ready to sup­ply In­dia with so­phis­ti­cated Mikoyan MiG-35 multi-role fight­ers, should In­dia be in­ter­ested in the type, Vladimir Drozhzhov, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Fed­eral Ser­vice for Mil­i­tary-Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion (FSMTC), has told TASS. “If In­dia takes in­ter­est [in the MiG-35], Rus­sia is ready to de­liver it, all the more so that MiG fighter jets are well known to In­dian pi­lots and In­dia has the ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture to op­er­ate them, which is not the fact as far as the French-made Rafale fight­ers are con­cerned,” Drozhzhov said.

The test­ing of the MiG-35 will be com­plete in the com­ing years, MiG Cor­po­ra­tion Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ilya Tarasenko said at the Aero In­dia 2017 air show. “They [the tri­als] have been un­der­way smoothly. We shall com­plete them in the com­ing years,” he replied. MiG Corp. is pre­pared to of­fer its MiG-35 in the bid­ding on the In­dian con­tract, Tarasenko added. “Our ob­jec­tive is to have the MiG-35 in the In­dian Air Force’s [IAF] in­ven­tory. There­fore, we shall bid in any ten­der in In­dia,” he said.

The MiG-35 is an ad­vanced Rus­sian-built fourth-gen­er­a­tion plus multi-role fighter de­rived from the MiG-29K/KUB and MiG29M/M2 com­bat air­craft. It fea­tures im­proved flight char­ac­ter­is­tics, cut­ting-edge avion­ics and a for­mi­da­ble weapons suite com­pris­ing a wide ar­ray of air-to-air and air-to-sur­face guided mis­siles and smart bombs.

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