Russia ready to export advanced MiG-35 fighter to India


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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