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.