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    Re: MiG-29/ΜiG-35 Fulcrum: News

    Post  GarryB on Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:24 am

    Sounds like he is saying that the Russian AF needs a lighter fighter to fill the niche of the Mig-29 in service and that if they bought the Mig-35 it would perform the roles in the Russian AF similar to the F-35 in the USAF.

    Even a small batch of Migs would make it a much more viable export prospect and the work generated would be done in factories that don't make Flankers so would otherwise be idle.

    The investment into the Mig-35 will pay later when it comes time to make a light 5th gen fighter to make up numbers and replace non stealthy fighters in the 2025+ period... which could lead later on to an unmanned version of a UCAV.

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    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:35 am

    F-35 role in USAF isn't clear however. I think its more a combat area strike fighter. It cant replace the F-15E as an interdictor because it has shorter range and also if it is loaded with heavier and longer missiles like JASSM it loses its stealth capability.

    I think MiG-35/New stealth CAS combination can play that role in RuAF.

    What do u think?

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    Re: MiG-29/ΜiG-35 Fulcrum: News

    Post  GarryB on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:44 am

    Originally the role of the F-35 was supposed to replace pretty much every fixed wing aircraft in the USAF and USN and Marines except for the F-15C... which was to be replaced by the F-22.

    The dramatic reduction in F-22 numbers however means it can't even replace the F-15C fully, so I expect the F-15C will remain in service longer together with the F-22, while the F-35 if it ever enters service in the numbers they want will replace a range of aircraft including F-16, A-10, AV-8, F/A-18 etc etc.

    The result was supposed to be F-35 and F-22 for USAF and F-18 Super Hornet and F-35 for the USN and F-35 for the Marines with the latter being the VSTOL model.

    The real result is hard to predict and really depends on the final airframe cost of the F-35 because it might end up in a similar mess to the F-22 where a high price to replace existing aircraft... that quite frankly wouldn't need replacing if they hadn't been overused and neglected all this time... but they are being neglected because they don't want to sabotage the F-35 program...

    For the Russians things are totally different because the PAK FA can benefit from the US experience of 5th gen fighter programs and the Flankers and Fulcrums are both ready for production if needed with Su-30s and Su-35s still in demand and production and the Mig-29K also in production and potential for the Mig-29M2 and Mig-35 available if needed, the Russians have choices and options the US doesn't really have... especially when you add that the Su-34 long range strike capability is new and in production and the upgrades of the Tu-22M3 plus the upgrades of the Strategic bomber force give them choices in terms of heavy carpet bombing to heavy precision bombing capability against a lot tech enemy... I would imagine that a few Tu-22M3 Backfires with up to 24 tons of TV and laser and satellite guided bombs and two Damocles targeting pods would be devastating with a couple of Su-34s equipped for a SEAD mission with jammers and ARMs. The four man crew of the upgraded Backfire could engage multiple targets with the damocles pods finding coordinates for fixed targets and lasing moving targets and getting TV locks on other targets... the enemy wont know what hit them.

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    Re: MiG-29/ΜiG-35 Fulcrum: News

    Post  George1 on Sun May 06, 2012 3:40 am

    Mig-29M2/Mig-35 On Display At KADEX-2012

    The Mig-35 is a 4++ generation fighter and the latest development of the Mig-29. The Mig-35 was first shown publicly at the Aero India air show in 2007. The Mig-35 has new avionics which allow it to carry out complex joint missions, aerial reconnaissance, and precision ground strikes in any weather. The fighter has a longer service life and an in-flight cost that is 2.5 times cheaper than that of its predecessors. The Mig-35 has new, smokeless engines and a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system to enhance its performance. There are currently ten prototypes of the Mig-35 undergoing testing.

    The Mig-35, just like the Mig-29K/KUB, is based on the Mig-29M2 2-seat design. The fighter is equipped with the new Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, which has a detection range of over 160 km for aerial targets and over 300 km for ships. The radar can detect more aerial and ground targets and is more resistant to electronic countermeasures than its predecessors. The Mig-35 has 9 hard points that accept both current (foreign and Russian) and future (Russian) air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons. It is also equipped with a single 30 mm GSh-30-1 automatic cannon.

    The Mig-35 is equiped with two Klimov RD-33MK afterburning turbofans, which are rated at 5,400 kg of thrust each (dry thrust) and 9,000 kg of thrust each (with the use of afterburners). The Mig-35 has a maximum speed of 2,400 km/hr, a range of 2,000 km without refueling, and a service ceiling of 17,500 meters. The Mig-35 has a length of 17.3 meters, a wingspan of 12 meters, a height of 4.7 meters, and an empty weight of 11,000 kg.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:10 am

    What they could really do with is a light single seat fighter like a Yak-130, but with a single seat and a single engine.

    The new engine for the Mig-35 would be a good start as 5.4 tons in dry would be more than is currently installed in the Yak-130 which is something like 2 x 2250kg thrust.

    The replacement of the two existing engines and replacement with one should reduce complication.

    The AESA radar being developed for the naval Ka-52 would be a useful radar for a small fighter, and the capacity to carry 8 AAMs plus a centreline targeting pod would make it a useful light fighter.

    Used together with ground, air and space based radar sources it could be used as a missile carrier in case of a mass attack... having lots of aircraft in the air with large numbers of AAMs would be a useful defence against a mass cruise missile attack, or UAVs. In combat Su-35s can fly high and orbit areas scanning with their own radars and IR sensors and combining that with data from ground and air and space based sensors and then passing targets off to smaller lighter fighters that could accelerate climb to supersonic speed and medium to high altitude (with 9 tons of thrust instead of 4.5 it should be a supersonic bird over short distances) where a launch of RVV-BDs and R-77Ms will give you an excellent chance of a kill without using up weapons on Su-35s and PAK FAs. The light fighters can then land and refuel and rearm and take to the air again to hunt down any leakers.

    The main problem with the Mig-35/Mig-29 is that it was too similar to the Su-27 in performance and cost.

    What they needed was something much cheaper and simpler that became capable in numbers.


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    Re: MiG-29/ΜiG-35 Fulcrum: News

    Post  Dima on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:21 am

    Su-30MK series will costs lot more than the MiG-29M1/M2. For example, the last batch of 40 Su-30MKI deal with India is around $100million/unit.

    So MiG-29M1/M2 does have the cost advantage and they can use it for duty around Georgia (& Kaliningrad region), which does not require longer ranged Su-30 class of fighters.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:51 am

    There are lots of places, especially in the more densely populated western areas of Russia where a big aircraft with long range is no advantage at all, and in these places the Mig-29M2 would be ideal.


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    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:56 am

    GarryB wrote:There are lots of places, especially in the more densely populated western areas of Russia where a big aircraft with long range is no advantage at all, and in these places the Mig-29M2 would be ideal.

    western europe including caucasus also, 80-100 MiG-35 would be ideal to replace old models which had no air to ground capability. I also indicate some great possibilities export cases in countries like serbia (now with a more pro-russian government), burma (if they order more MiGs), peru (to counter chilean F-16 purchases), and why not egypt since it would be difficult for americans to sell more F-16s to a radical muslim government due to israeli disagreement

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:32 am

    The only thing wrong with the Mig-29 is that it is not a Su-27.

    It is a very capable aircraft in its own right and in the later models like the Mig-29M2 and Mig-35 is a very capable fighter aircraft. With new and next generation missiles these aircraft will become even more capable.

    I would expect that the Mig-29M2 and Mig-35 will be compatible with the new RVV-BD 200km range AAM that will give these Migs F-14D/Phoeniz like interceptor performance. Imagine a weapon load of 2 RVV_BD on the inner two pylons, with R-27ET long range IR guided AAMs on the next set of pylons with the next two pylons carrying the RVV-SD 110km range R-77s and the two outer pylons fitted with RVV-MD close range Archers for close combat or for closing in with smaller targets like UAVs or cruise missile targets.

    A very potent interceptor...


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    Re: MiG-29/ΜiG-35 Fulcrum: News

    Post  Dima on Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:50 am

    George,

    Yes, I too feel there is enough room for 80-100 (or more) MiG-29M1/M2/35 in the AF and this can be effectively employed in the caucus region for the Georgians and if need be for the Turks.


    Garry,

    True, with long range weapons it would be a very good interceptor. I think, RAC-MiG need to integrate the R-37 missiles on to the MiG-29s as soon as possible. It would be a very good asset to have on the carrier deck considering that it will help the MiG-29K/KUBs to takeout any opponents eyes and ears in the sky at longer distance!

    I do understand that there is currently the Kh-31P series to do similar duty up to a range of 250Km (?), but the R-37 class of missiles is going to enlarge that envelope even further.

    btw, was there any plan to integrate R-37s on the MiG-29s or any current plans that I missed?

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    Post  TR1 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:00 am

    R-37 would be useless for any MiG-29s that the RuAF has (or even MiG-35 given how much better other platforms are for it) so I don't think the idea was ever floated.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:29 am

    All the info I have read from Vympel states that their new missiles are to be compatible with all of Russias new fighters. That doesn't mean just the Mig-31 and PAK FA, that means these two aircraft AND the Su-35 and Mig-35 and Mig-29M2 and other upgraded aircraft.

    To be honest the only aircraft I wouldn't both putting R-37s on would be the Su-25SMs.

    The R-37 can engage targets pulling up to 8g which means few aircraft would be safe, and the problems of actually taking advantage of that range can be sorted out with ship based radar, carrier based AEW aircraft like Ka-31 and even some variant of the Yak-44 AWACS aircraft, or even air ships and unmanned aerial vehicles and datalinks.

    The first test of the R-37 had a missile flight range of 300km in which the launch aircraft that could not even see the target was passed target data from a platform closer to the target. Based on that target info the missile was launched and guided to a position where it could detect the target itself and then home in autonomously.

    The primary targets of such a weapon would be the force multipliers that the US brings to conflicts that make most modern conflicts with US forces so one sided. AWACS, JSTARS, and various jammers and elint aircraft can be engaged at extended ranges because they tend to be rather large vulnerable targets.

    Having a 200km range AAM would be a waste of time for use against Rafales or Typhoons with a standard flat plate antenna Mig-29M2 operating on its own, but in use with other assets or against larger more vulnerable targets it would be very useful.

    Using tactics you could get your local training centre to send up all the instructors in Yak-130s each carrying 8 RVV-BDs and two defensive RVV-MDs that could take off and climb to high altitude and launch their long range missiles at targets identified by Su-35S aircraft that could loiter at medium altitude scanning for targets.

    Once the Yaks are out of long range missiles they can land and rearm and refuel and take off and while they are doing that the Su-35s will still have 14 weapons points worth of jammer pods and AAMs.

    For a carrier force the ability to take out the enemy AEW aircraft whether it is a british helicopter or a us hawkeye, the effect on the enemies ability to fight will far outweigh the cost of what are relatively heavy missiles.

    When those Migs get their AESA upgrades the R-37 will be a long range tool optimised for the job.

    To get max effect from the RVV-BD all you need is a plane that can fly high and fast to give it maximum reach. The Mig is as good at that as any Sukhoi.

    And lets face it... currently the only aircraft with the R-37 integrated and tested this year will be Mig-31BM, so it is not like they don't have the experience to adapt it. In many ways any aircraft that can use the R-77 is already equipped to be able to use the RVV-BD. The fact that its reach exceeds the radar range of older model Mig-29s is not so important as no pilot in their right mind would waste a missile at anything near its max range...


    RVV-MDs have a paper range of 110km but would never be launched at a target anywhere near that range... more like at 50km or so, and in peacetime much less because a visual ID would likely be required.

    An RVV-BD would likely be used against targets at the 100-120km range at most even though it can hit targets further away you want the target to be inside the max range of the missile to ensure the missile still has lots of energy and speed to deal with the terminal engagement.

    The Kh-31 is a ramjet powered missile that was originally designed to hit radar and radio sources... it is an ARM or anti radiation missile. It was adapted into a high speed anti ship missile, but it still isn't really designed to hit a flying target except big targets like AEW or Tanker or transport aircraft. The RVV-BD would have a much better chance against a smaller more manouverable target like a fighter.


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    Re: MiG-29/ΜiG-35 Fulcrum: News

    Post  George1 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:35 pm



    MiG-29M2 in RuAF??

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    Post  Sujoy on Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:55 pm

    Not sure if the video states any timeline by which it will enter the Russian Air Force ( RuAF) given the fact that the Mig 29 M2 entered its trials in late 2011 only . It made it's debut in Astana earlier this year and there is a good possibility that Kazakhstan will be the first buyer . This makes sense because the Mig 29 M2 from the very onset was supposed to be an export variant though it was said that an offer was made to the Russian Defense Ministry as well.

    Question is why would the RuAF need the Mig 29 M 2 when it already has the MIG 29SMT ?

    AFAIK , as far as MIGs' are concerned the Russian Defence Ministry have placed orders this year only for the upgraded MiG-29SMT fighters and the carrierborne MiG-29K/KUB aircraft .

    There are hardly any difference between the MIG 29UPG that the Indian Air Force flies ( it's a single seater though) and the MIG 29 M2 , though I suspect that the latter has a reduced ferry range.

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    Post  TR1 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:15 pm

    Actually the MiG-29M2 is a lot more advanced than the UPG, in terms of airframe. The range is much better without the strap on spine tank.
    The UPG still has the vanilla Fulcrum airframe, same with SMT.
    The M2 has the second gen airframe, shared with miG-29K and MiG-35.
    They do share the Zhuk-M, but the M2 has quite a few systems installed that the SMT does not.

    If they do buy new MiG, I do think they must get them with Zhuk-AE, which I guess makes the plane the MiG-35. Desginations are a bit confusing.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:23 am

    The Mig-29M2 is definitely a new design compared with old model Mig-29s.

    Mig learned the lesson from Sukhoi that the two seater should be fully combat capable, the Mig-29UB had a tiny ranging only radar and was limited to IR, optical, and unguided weapons and as such was not much more than an operational trainer.

    The Mig-29M2 is a two seat design, though there is a two seat and a single seat version, it is actually a case that instead of reduced fuel in the twin seat, it is actually a case of slightly more fuel in the single seat model. Both aircraft have the same cockpit canopy layout and structural design.

    It is not actually the case that fitting the Mig-29M2 with an AESA makes it a Mig-35, as the Mig-35 has 5th gen avionics including DAS, and upper and lower hemisphere IRST/FLIR designed for air to air and air to ground use.

    From what I have read the Russian AF is deciding between Mig-29M2s and Mig-35s and will likely get about 50 of them.

    It keeps Mig busy and doesn't tie up factories making other products.

    Also it is good for Migs subcontractors like Klimov.


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    Post  George1 on Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:01 am

    GarryB wrote:The Mig-29M2 is definitely a new design compared with old model Mig-29s.

    Mig learned the lesson from Sukhoi that the two seater should be fully combat capable, the Mig-29UB had a tiny ranging only radar and was limited to IR, optical, and unguided weapons and as such was not much more than an operational trainer.

    The Mig-29M2 is a two seat design, though there is a two seat and a single seat version, it is actually a case that instead of reduced fuel in the twin seat, it is actually a case of slightly more fuel in the single seat model. Both aircraft have the same cockpit canopy layout and structural design.

    It is not actually the case that fitting the Mig-29M2 with an AESA makes it a Mig-35, as the Mig-35 has 5th gen avionics including DAS, and upper and lower hemisphere IRST/FLIR designed for air to air and air to ground use.

    From what I have read the Russian AF is deciding between Mig-29M2s and Mig-35s and will likely get about 50 of them.

    It keeps Mig busy and doesn't tie up factories making other products.

    Also it is good for Migs subcontractors like Klimov.

    Ηοw many fighters you think that Russia needs? I think about 1000

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    Post  medo on Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:30 am

    AFAIK , as far as MIGs' are concerned the Russian Defence Ministry have placed orders this year only for the upgraded MiG-29SMT fighters and the carrierborne MiG-29K/KUB aircraft .

    I know they ordered Mig-29K/KUB, but not that they ordered Mig-29SMT. How many Mig-29SMT they ordered and will they be new build or modernized existing planes?


    The Mig-29M2 is a two seat design, though there is a two seat and a single seat version, it is actually a case that instead of reduced fuel in the twin seat, it is actually a case of slightly more fuel in the single seat model. Both aircraft have the same cockpit canopy layout and structural design.

    It is not actually the case that fitting the Mig-29M2 with an AESA makes it a Mig-35, as the Mig-35 has 5th gen avionics including DAS, and upper and lower hemisphere IRST/FLIR designed for air to air and air to ground use.

    Will Mig-35 be single seater or two seater? I have a feeling, that RuAF will go in the same way with Migs as with Flankers, where they buy single seater Su-35 and two seater Su-30SM. Single seater Su-35 and Mig-35 would be dedicated air to air fighers, two seater Mig-29M2 and Su-30SM could be more multirole fighters, better suited for ground attack and SEAD missions because of second operator in back seat.

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    Post  Sujoy on Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:54 am

    TR1 wrote:Actually the MiG-29M2 is a lot more advanced than the UPG, in terms of airframe. The range is much better without the strap on spine tank.
    The UPG still has the vanilla Fulcrum airframe, same with SMT.
    The M2 has the second gen airframe, shared with miG-29K and MiG-35.
    They do share the Zhuk-M, but the M2 has quite a few systems installed that the SMT does not.

    That's true , however you are comparing the M2 with the older variant of the UPG . Not the upgraded. The upgraded version has rectified all the "shortcomings" of the earlier variant.Infact once upgradation is complete I understand the term UPG will become history . The new nomenclature is Mig 29 SMT. Even here in India upgradation work is currently underway & will be completed in all likelihood by 2014 .


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    Post  Sujoy on Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:08 am

    medo wrote:
    I know they ordered Mig-29K/KUB, but not that they ordered Mig-29SMT. How many Mig-29SMT they ordered and will they be new build or modernized existing planes?

    The MIG 29 SMT is a modernized version of the MIG 29 SM. They can easily be upgraded to the SMT version. Sorry for my oversight in my previous post . I gave the impression that orders for the Mig 29 SMT & Mig 29K/KUB were both placed this year.

    The RuAF is receiving the upgraded MIG 29 SMT this year . This is not a new order however, the Russian Defense Ministry is deciding between the MIG 29M/M2 & the MIG 35 to be procured between 2015 & 2020.It depends on the stipulation of the government's armament program.


    medo wrote:
    Will Mig-35 be single seater or two seater? I have a feeling, that RuAF will go in the same way with Migs as with Flankers, where they buy single seater Su-35 and two seater Su-30SM. Single seater Su-35 and Mig-35 would be dedicated air to air fighers, two seater Mig-29M2 and Su-30SM could be more multirole fighters, better suited for ground attack and SEAD missions because of second operator in back seat.

    Two seater for the MIG 35D only not the MIG 35.

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    Post  GarryB on Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:05 am

    Ηοw many fighters you think that Russia needs? I think about 1000

    It is hard to say, if they get 250 PAK FAs (eventually), then about 100 Su-35s and lets say another 150 Su-30s/Su-27SM2, then we have 500 odd Sukhois, which is a good start. AFAIK the plans are for 50 odd Mig-29M2/35, and perhaps 100 Mig-29SMT upgrades of which they already have about 30 odd, and if you add 100 Mig-31s that are to be upgraded by 2020 at a bare minimum, and perhaps add another 150 that wont be upgraded but still might be available for use and perhaps 200 Su-27s and Mig-29s with minor upgrades that still might be in service and we end up with about 1,100 aircraft, but of course the numbers of old model Flankers and Fulcrums will decline fairly rapidly.

    The Russian AF has an enormous area to cover, but with a 1 million man armed force they can't afford to have thousands of aircraft any more.

    Fortunately for them the improvement in electronics and technology will allow a significant overlap in performance, so instead of having a Mig-27M ground attack unit and a Mig-23 fighter group, they can have a Mig-29M2 air group that can engage air and ground targets much more effectively than either of the older dedicated aircraft could manage thanks to new multi mode radars and sophisticated modern guided weaponry.

    Will Mig-35 be single seater or two seater?

    The Mig-29M2 and Mig-35 share the same aircraft structure, though with some fairly significant differences in terms of wing wiring and the location of sensors and avionics. The Mig-35 has the same long canopy that allows for single and two seat arrangements.

    Single seater Su-35 and Mig-35 would be dedicated air to air fighers, two seater Mig-29M2 and Su-30SM could be more multirole fighters, better suited for ground attack and SEAD missions because of second operator in back seat.

    Actually two seat '35s would offer operational training options while at the same time offering light strike, air command and other roles where the front seater focuses on flying the mission and the back seater can concentrate on other things... incredibly useful when things get busy...

    Of course the 5th gen avionics should be able to minimise the pilots work load by only showing pertinent information... in the middle of a dog fight the pilot does not need to know that the oil levels have dropped by a few litres since they took off an hour ago for instance. If however the oil is dropping rapidly and needs attention then it might be something that either needs automatic attention or the pilots attention to prevent the aircraft dropping from the sky.

    Two seater for the MIG 35D only not the MIG 35.

    So what you are saying is that the Mig-35D is the two seat Mig-35?

    I rather suspect they have changed from the tradition UB to denote the fact that the new aircraft is fully operational rather than a reduced range radarless training aircraft. Perhaps D for double as in two seat?

    The Mig-29K2, Mig-29M2, and Mig-35 all share the same airframe/cockpit design which allows single seat or two seat arrangements without reducing fuel or changing the length of the aircraft or removing radars to compensate for the weight change.

    Very simply the aircraft was designed with the second pilot in mind. When that pilot is not there (ie in a single seat configuration) that area is used for fuel and other bits and pieces.


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    Post  Sujoy on Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:08 am

    GarryB wrote:So what you are saying is that the Mig-35D is the two seat Mig-35?
    Precisely . There are hardly any difference between the two . Service ceiling , max overload , the whole nine .

    Below is a picture of the MIG 35 (I had seen this same aircraft model in Aero India ). Notice it has 2 seats though on the outside it is written MIG 35. Infact I haven't so far come across any MIG 35 that has MIG 35D written anywhere on the outside of the aircraft, fuselage , wings etc. For countries that do not need two seat Mig 35 , they can have additional fuel tanks , equipments etc in place of that second seat.



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    Post  medo on Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:47 pm

    Ηοw many fighters you think that Russia needs? I think about 1000

    I would say 1000+ fighters. Russia have large air space to defend.


    Fortunately for them the improvement in electronics and technology will allow a significant overlap in performance, so instead of having a Mig-27M ground attack unit and a Mig-23 fighter group, they can have a Mig-29M2 air group that can engage air and ground targets much more effectively than either of the older dedicated aircraft could manage thanks to new multi mode radars and sophisticated modern guided weaponry.

    True. But there will be still the same number of pilots. Before you have two types of single seaters, fighters who cares for air combat and attackers, who concentrate on ground targets, while fighters protect them. Multirole Mig-29M2 or Mig-35 must have two seats, where pilot is concentrated in flying and air combat, while second member is in the mean time trying to hit something on the ground. One pilot could not do both at the same time.

    In my opinion RuAF ordered both Su-35 and Su-30SM in the same way, to have single seat Su-35 air defense fighter and two seat miltirole Su-30SM fighter. I think Mig-29M2 or Mig-35 will also be two seat multirole fighter.

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    Post  George1 on Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:21 pm

    MiG-29 Fighter Jet Crashes in Siberia

    A Russian Air Force MiG-29 fighter crashed on Thursday near Chita, in Siberia, a regional law enforcement source said.

    “The plane crashed near the town of Domna, 30 kilometers from Chita,” the source said.

    According to first reports, the pilot was killed.

    The MiG-29 is a multirole fourth-generation fighter. At present there are 270 MiG-29s in the Russian Air Force and 40 in the Navy.

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20120906/175809233.html

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    Post  Sujoy on Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:01 pm

    George1 wrote:MiG-29 Fighter Jet Crashes in Siberia

    A Russian Air Force MiG-29 fighter crashed on Thursday near Chita, in Siberia, a regional law enforcement source said.

    “The plane crashed near the town of Domna, 30 kilometers from Chita,” the source said.

    According to first reports, the pilot was killed.

    The MiG-29 is a multirole fourth-generation fighter. At present there are 270 MiG-29s in the Russian Air Force and 40 in the Navy.

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20120906/175809233.html

    Very sad . Not sure how pilots get killed . Maybe vertigo is responsible because of which they fail to eject .

    May his soul rest in peace.

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