World premiere of MiG-35
World premiere of the MiG-35 state-of-the art multirole
aviation complex was held in Lukhovitsy, Moscow region January 27, 2017 in the
production venue of the Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG” (a UAC subsidiary).
The event was attended by more than 30 delegations from foreign countries, such
as India, Peru, China, Vietnam, and other countries of Latin America, Middle
East, Middle Asia, Europe and the CIS. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian
Federation Dmitry Rogozin, Commander-in-Chief of the Air and Space Forces of the
Russian Federation, Col.Gen. Victor N. Bondarev and representatives of
Rosoboronexport and Federal Service for Military and technical cooperation also
took part in the ceremony. The state-of the art MiG-35 fighter was presented to
the general audience by Mr. Yury Slyusar, UAC President; Sergey Korotkov, UAC
General Designer, Vice President for Innovations; and Ilya Tarasenko, RAC “MiG”
Addressing the audience Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin said: «That’s the first
presentation of a combat aircraft in 2017, up ahead on the agenda is a
presentation and the maiden flight of the narrow body passenger MC-21 airliner,
in summer we plan the maiden flight of the IL-112 light military transport
aircraft. That proves that the potential of combat aviation and the designers of
Russian aircraft companies is capable of making high quality competitive
aircraft. Russia is a great aviation state and today we ‘ve got a serious proof
of this fact».
In his address towards the aircraft industry workers Commander-in-Chief of the
Russian Air and Space Forces gave a high appraisal to the new fighter and
confirmed the aircraft prospects in the Army: "Many thanks for such an excellent
creation that proved once again that nowhere in the world there are better
aircraft than in Russia. This multirole fighter is capable to attack ground, sea
surface and air targets and perform aerial maneuvering combat. I feel proud to
say that we shall be pleased to take the aircraft — we need them”.
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces expressed his deep
gratitude to the staff of the UAC and MiG Corporation for such an excellent
aircraft. «Within some time we shall replace all light fighter aircraft with
this type», — concluded the Commander-in-Chief.
«Aircraft capable of resolving so many tasks — is the most modern perfect
aircraft, crowning the MiG aircraft family. Designed on the proven and tested
platform it’ll be in demand in both national and foreign Air Forces. It seems to
me that this project has a bright future, so I would like to wish success to it
and all of us», said Yury Slyusar, UAC President, in his remarks opening the
presentation of the new fighter.
Both Russian and foreign guests could watch the MiG-35 flight within the
framework of the flight test programme after the presentation. Chief pilot
Michail Belyaev and test pilot Stanislav Gorbunov demonstrated flight
capabilities of the new fighter.
After the test flight Dmitry Rogozin informed media that in the beginning of
spring a military-industrial conference will be held in India, where supplies,
repair and maintenance of the Russian weapons, as well as establishing of joint
ventures within the framework of “Make in India” concept would be discussed. The
Russian party should be ready to offer the new fighter MiG-35 to India, pointed
out D. Rogozin.
It is interesting, that one day before prezentation there was a video conference
with report to the President of Russian Federation on the beginning of the
flight tests of the new multirole MiG-35 fighter aircraft. Vladimir Putin
congratulated designers, engineers, workers and pilots who took part in the
process of aircraft production and testing on this important occasion.
«I do expect that our army shall be considerably enhanced by this aircraft – I
mean our Defence and Space Forces. But this aircraft also has strong export
potential, I mean, over 30 countries actively operate another aircraft – the
MiG-29, and a solid infrastructure was set up in these countries to support this
fighter, and there are trained specialists there. It is feasible that the
industry and everything linked with operating the aircraft — all should be ready
to offer our potential partners maximum required services in the modern world to
support this equipment», — said Vladimir Putin.
Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, RF Trade and Industry
Minister Denis Manturov and RF Minister of Defence Sergey Shoigu also watched
the demonstration test flight. The new aircraft was presented to the Head of
State by the PJSC UAC President Mr. Yury Slyusar, UAC General Designer-Vice
President for Innovations Mr. Sergey Korotkov and RAC MiG Chief test pilot
Michael Belyaev, who took the aircraft to the air at the production site of the
RAC “MiG” in Lukhovitsy (Moscow region).
Yury Slyusar reported to the President of Russian Federation that the new MiG-35
fighter was designed specially to perform combat activities in areas of high
intensity conflicts, in high density air defences. Strong performance is
achieved due to new defence suite, new opto-location station and reduced radar
cross section signature.
Test pilot Michael Belyaev reported that the flight was performed to demonstrate
MiG-35 stability, controllability and maneuverability features. All the systems
worked normally, crew positively evaluated aircraft.
In his turn UAC General Designer Mr Sergey Korotkov underlined that the RAC
“MiG” was able to design a new multifunctional system integrated with armaments
and installed on board MiG-35 aircraft. Together with other systems a 4++
generation complex was designed. Mr Korotkov also expressed hope for a future
contract with the MoD of the Russian Federation, and high interest of foreign
In the course of a video conference Vladimir Putin also pointed out that
production of a commercial aircraft has been planned in the RAC “MiG” production
sites. This aircraft will be flying on domestic routes.
UAC President informed that here, in Lukhovitsy, on the basis of the RAC “MiG”
production site the IL-114-300 regional turboprop aircraft assembly is being set
up. «Decisions that were taken during the meeting in your office half a year ago
are being implemented, the budgeting provided to the PJSC UAC has been
distributed between the companies-executors (RAC “MiG” and “Ilyushin”). Along
with that the design bureau is preparing the documentation to be handed over to
the plant. The same facility that will be used for MiG-35 assembly will be used
to make 12 IL-114 per year. This will allow us to harmonize the Corporation’s
product portfolio and fulfill our strategic targets - to increase the share of
commercial aircraft in our revenues up to 45 per cent by 2025”, said Mr. Slyusar