Purchase of MiG-35 significantly increases chances for victory in the Indian MRCA tender
Moscow. 3 August. Interfax-AVN - Russian Defense Decision to buy the new multi-party MiG-35 is an additional advantage of this aircraft in the Indian tender, say in the military-industrial complex (OPK), the Russian Federation.
"The chances of the MiG-35 to victory in the Indian fighter tender already assessed as high. Today, when it became known that the shipment of aircraft purchased by the Ministry of Defense of Russia, they became even more", - told Interfax-AVN "a source in one of structures involved in arms exports.
Sobesednik agency noted that the heat of competition in the bidding very high. He has further intensified after the United States signed an agreement with India in defense and arms trade.
"The goal is that by the end of the year in India will be demonstration flights, including the military use before the tender for the aircraft. In order to participate in these flights of Russian aircraft corporation" MiG "is now preparing two fighter aircraft MiG-35", - said the agency interlocutor .
He recalled that at the last air show in Bangalore fighter MiG-35 flight tested in a well-known Indian air force pilot retired Marshal Harish Masand. After landing, he said that the MiG-35 is an exceptional handling and maneuverability, which provide the best aerodynamic concept elektrodistantsionnaya and new digital control system aircraft.
The official tender for the purchase of 126 fighter aircraft of Indian Air Force was announced in August 2007. Under the terms of the tender, which have been approved by the Ministry of Defense of India, the winner will supply the Indian Air Force 18 fighters gathered for their enterprises, the rest should be made directly to the license in India in the corporation HAL.
Conditions of the tender is not excluded that in future India may order another order of 60-65 aircraft. Calendar lifetime supplied fighters to be about 40 years.
The total amount of the transaction, according to Indian sources, would be 420 billion rupees (more than $ 10 billion).
In addition to the Russian MiG-35 taking part in the tender French fighter Rafale (Dassault Aviation), Swedish Gripen (SAAB), the American F/A-18 (Boeing) and F-16 (Lockheed Martin), as well as the European Eurofighter Typhoon (group EADS) .
As reported, before the end of the year may be awarded the contract for the purchase of Russian military aircraft at least 24 multi-purpose fighter aircraft MiG-35. The purchase of these aircraft provides long-term weapons program until 2015.
Mikoyan MiG-35 is designed to win victories in air combat and effective application of precision weapons strikes against ground and surface targets, not entering into a zone of air defenses. This machine is a fighter generation "4 + +".
The cockpit is equipped with a pilot system and the LCD display on the windscreen. It is completely adapted to work at night, including work with the pilot's night vision goggles. Unique components of the MiG-35 is an airborne radar "Zhuk-AE" with an active phased array (AFAR). Accompany the station allows up to 30 targets and simultaneously attack and six of them, representing the greatest danger.