An officially released image of a MiG-29SMT that is according to the Russian Ministry of Defence involved in exercies Ladoga 2014 (Image © Russian Air Force)

Russia buys more MiG-29 SMTs, plans 100 MiG-35s

An officially released image of a MiG-29SMT that is according to the Russian Ministry of Defence involved in exercise Ladoga 2014 (Image © Russian Air Force)
An officially released image of a MiG-29SMT that is according to the Russian Ministry of Defence involved in exercise Ladoga 2014 (Image © Russian Air Force)

LATEST UPDATE 17 APRIL 2014 | The Russian Air Force will get another 16 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 SMT fighter-bombers, the Ministry of Defence in Moscow confirmed on 15 April 2014. According to the department Russia pays only about 470 to 480 million US dollar (17 billion rubels) for the aircraft.

The MiG-29 SMT, called Fulcrum by NATO, has additional built-in fuel-tanks to fly further, a special paint to reduce its radar profile and is able to operate with a new range of anti-ship and air-to-ground missiles. The Russian Air Force already has 28 of these fighters in its inventory, serving with the Western Military District with the first delivered in 2009.

MiG-35
Moscow also confirmed it wants up to 100 of the new MiG-35Cs it showcased in 2013. Deliveries should commence in 2016. This Fulcrum-F is an even further developed version of the MiG-29 with a better active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, more powerful engines, a Optical Locator System and a better ability to engage multiple targets in the air and on sea / on the ground at the same time. The MiG-35 will be able to carry a higher weapons load at nine external stations, an increased fuel capacity, an in-flight refuelling system and a fly-by-wire system that has three-channels and quadruple redundancy. Mikoyan-Gurevich’s general director Sergei Korotkov calls the MiG-35 a 4th Plus Plus generation fighter.

Source: Russian Ministry of Defence / Mikoyan-Gurevich

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