The bottom line is that the MiG design teams must earn their living & the MiG-35 is a dead end, even if successful, being the last of the MiG-29 family.
There is nothing about the F-35 that makes me think it is a better aircraft than the MiG-35, but in terms of operational costs and purchase price the F-35 will bankrupt most HATO countries that operate it.
When the brand new weapons for the Su-57 are revealed and put in service and the MiG-35 and Su-35 start deploying them too it is going to make the F-35 look sad.
If anything the F-35 is a dead end in the sense that it is so flawed and so expensive it will empty the budgets of all the air forces that are stupid enough to use it.
The MiG LMFS may or may not replace other fighters, but it's better to have 1 more 5th-generation fighter jet that'll be less expensive than the Su-57 & will have naval/export potential.
The LMFS is a small numbers plane... the Russian Navy don't need numbers when it comes to carrier based aircraft because at most they might end up with two CVNs and one CV... so they wont need an enormous number of planes to operate from them. In fact the MiG-35 is carrier capable so they could use aircraft that operate on land and at sea instead of separate types... Su-57s that are carrier capable would be ideal offering the best possible performance and for $40 million per aircraft they are cheap as hell... a light model wont be very much cheaper than that... hell 40 million will be what they would pay for an Apache helicopter...
Not a 5th gen heavy stealth fighter....
And whatever progress was made in MiG-1.44 it's already been implemented (and surpassed) in Su-57 long ago
If they are working on LMFS it will be based on tech from Su-57 not MiG-1.44
I am sure the guys at MiG are aware of what Sukhoi are doing with their Su-57s, but you are dead right there is no way they would design a small fighter to be based on a big fighter scaled down... that would be stupid.
The MiG design bureau had a design that was a competition piece to the S-37, and they also had a different design that was competing for the LMFS or small 5th gen fighter competition... there were entries from MiG, Yakovlev, and Sukhoi... now they are going to compete for the new small stealth fighter programme now that the heavy stealth fighter is going in to serial production.
2) There is a fact that there was already a grant from MiG for aerodynamic- calculations for new fighter. Nothing about stealth specifics.
It might not be super stealthy but even the MiG-35 and Su-35 have RAM and reshaping to take the edges off the RCS...
Reducing the stealth requirements is like reducing the speed requirements... it makes it more affordable and with any potential breakthroughs in optical or radar detection of targets I suspect a plane that was stealthy before might not remain so for very long anyway.
BTW not there is not gonna be neither MiG nor Su companies anymore. There are different divisions of Rostec/OAK. SO they can cooperate if there will be any requirement for that.
They have been kept as separate entities for a reason and they will retain their separate supply contractors most likely too.
Hmmm you're right in case aircraft evolution ended up on Su-57 and there is no need to invest in future platforms. Otherwise no you're wrong and Russian MoD is right.
The fact is that they do have money and are using it sensibly and carefully and not wasting it like America does. They are not going to buy 3,500 Su-57s, but they are not going to leave it at 76 either.
A small stealth fighter is not an enormous priority... they are doing it now because the heavy stealth fighter is ready and work on a small fighter wont detract from the goal of getting it into production and service.
As far as I understand it this is about very early calculations so not even serious work started.
MiG have been working on this new light plane since the MiG-29 went in to service. Over the decades their design has probably changed a dozen times... but likely only for the better...
So we are talking about 20 years after start of work on Su-57. This is not MiG-35 competitor but perhaps even new gen to Su-57
The Su-57 is not intended to replace the Su-30 or Su-35 or Su-34... there will be a few situations where its stealth will allow it to do some things those planes can't but for the vast majority of jobs those non stealthy planes remain the best choice.
Ask Israel... how often will they be able to fly an 80K dollar per hour stealth plane to fly through the hills next to Syria to lob stand off munitions at targets there when an F-16 could do it for a fraction of the price and in amongst the mountains with the same radar cross section.
If it was the F-16 lurking in the mountains and the F-35 could fly down the main runway at Heminem without being seen by anyone then I would say money well spent... but the fact is that neither aircraft could do that so why replace the F-16 with a plane that carries less over shorter distances and is a lot slower and vastly more expensive to buy and to operate.
Any new light stealth fighter they make in Russia will be affordable to buy and operate and will be used together with the MiG-35 to provide numbers to protect the airspace around Russia and the places she operates. New technology developed for this new stealthy plane will be used to further upgrade the MiG-35 so numbers of both planes will be valuable and get investments and further development.
For export that means you can buy a related family of planes from the MiG-29M2 which is the base aircraft that will be cheap but capable and with enormous potential growth to the MiG-29KR which is essentially a naval model though they said the new MiG-35 will be carrier capable too so fully dual use land and ship based fighter... its strengthened undercarriage would be a bonus for landing on strips of motorway... and of course the new model fighter with a stealthy airframe but related avionics and systems so if you need a stealthy plane you could probably order a dumbed down MiG-29M2 version, or get the export model with all the stuff you could probably get on the MiG-35 now but in a stealthy package.
depends on funding and requirements but I'd say closer to 20 years.
This is not a new programme so to speak... they knew what they were doing and that this time was coming and they haven't been sitting doing nothing all this time... they will have been narrowing down the two or three options for testing so they can get started as quick as possible.
no, their dimensions r very similar
Of course they are similar... the MiG-1.44 and 1.42 were MiGs entry to the competition that led to the Su-57 being developed...
A smaller/lighter variant, perhaps with 1 engine may be in the cards.
They have had another 20 years to refine their designs... I really don't think a scaled down version of what failed before is going to cut it...