The new Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35 (Image © Russian Aircraft Corporation)

‘Egypt close to buying 24 MiG-35 Fulcrums’

Egypt and Russia are said to be close to a deal for 24 MiG-35 Fulcrum fighter aircraft for the Egyptian Air Force. Negotiations have been ongoing for over a year, and the deal closely follows that for 24 Dassault Rafales in February this year.

The MiG-35 is a further development of the MiG-29 Fulcrum and can be equipped with RD-33OVT engines with thrust vectoring nozzles. The type was first shown in 2007.

The MiG-35s would augment the Rafales and the existing fleet of Egyptian F-16s, that recently saw action over Libya. Last month, the US allowed twelve remaining F-16s to be delivered to Cairo.

The Egyptian Air Force also flies older Dassault Mirage V and 2000 aircraft, McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms and Chengdu J-7 fighter aircraft from China.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top) The MIG-35 in flight. (Image © Russian Aircraft Corporation)