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MIG 35: Russia manifests interest in selling its new fighter jet to India.

MIG 35: Russia manifests interest in selling its new fighter jet to India.

Russia is evinced its interest in the defence zone of India, As Russia is keen on selling its new fighter jet MiG-35 to India. The new generation Mig-35 fighter, touted as being superior to the US F-35, made its public debut at the MAKS Aerospace Exhibition The highly advanced features of MiG-35 are the center of talk these days, It’s Loaded with the advanced quality of weapons air-to- air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea. New airframe, fly-by-wire, glass cockpit, adapted for night vision goggles. New powerful engines, more power, more fuel, new on board equipment and new weapons.

In addition to 30-millimeter cannon, the jets can carry high off-boresight missiles such as the AA-11 Archer and others on nine hard points, posing a lethal threat to modern Western warplanes. The most noteworthy improvement of MiG-35 is its ZHUK-MA AESA(Active Electronic Scanned Array) radar technology. Pilots at the time of battle are at great risk during switching on their active radars, as their signal can alert enemy pilots before the return signal is strong enough for the radar’s operator to “see”

AESA Radar of MiG-35 has the capability of electronic Jamming. Moreover, the Jet comes with an improved feature of smokeless RD-33MKB engines, making the plan harder to track within visual range. The 4++ generation multi purpose jet MiG-35 developed on the basis of the serial-produced MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 combat aircraft. As per the Chief Executive Officer of the MiG Aircraft Corporation Ilya Tarasenko, the Aircraft corporation not only proposed just aircraft but it also provides training for its use along with service responsibility of 40 years. When asked about has India shown any interest in MiG-35 Tarasenko said, “Of course they have.”

“After having presented the MiG-35 in January we began to actively promote it in India and in the world. We are proposing supply of the aircraft for tenders in India and we will actively work with the air force in order to win the tender,” Tarasenko said.

“We are in the negotiation stage of technical and technological specifications that MiG can present to India and Indian requirements for this aircraft. The negotiations on exactly what India needs and adjust the product to it, will take some time as the MiG-35 is a very new plane.

That, however, would be easier said than done, given the torturous manner in which the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been searching for a medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-era MiG-21 jets that were first inducted in the 1960s. After floating a tender for 120 planes in 2007, evaluating six different aircraft and short-listing two, the process was abruptly canceled and India ordered 36 Rafale jets in 2015, with the final document only recently being inked.

According to Tarasenko, the MiG-35 is 20 to 25 per cent cheaper than its competitors, and for India, which already has experience of flying various variants of MiG fighters and with its support and maintenance facilities, it would be easy to adapt to the new plane.

“MiG aircraft have been used by India for almost 50 years. We propose our new products to India among the first and intend to continue supplying India with our most modern aircraft,” he said.

He further added that the russian firm doesn’t just propose aircraft but also the training and a 40-years after sale service and he also noted that their company is 25-25% cheaper in comparison to the other competitors. the technical specifications of the aircraft are “close” to that of a fifth generation jet.

For MIG 35 he said that in terms of flight capabilities and defence system including features and stealth, its new weapon range, are close to a fifth generation aircraft. The plane is light in weight and multifunctional and has high maneuverability. The plane is completely Russian, all components of the aircraft has been developed by Russian.

The IAF’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKIs and other Russian platforms have faced difficulties in the past in procuring spare parts with Russia having problems in sourcing them from countries like Belarus and the Ukraine.

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