MiG-35S/35D Fulcrum-F Multirole Fighter

MiG-35 is a new export variant that combines the modern systems of the MiG-29M2 with an AESA radar. The fighter plane has the thrust vectoring of the MiG-29OVT as an additional option. Improved avionics and weapon systems, notably the new AESA radar and the uniquely designed optical locator system (OLS), make the aircraft less dependent on ground-controlled interception (GCI) systems and enables the MiG-35 to conduct independent multirole missions.

MiG-29 OVT / Fulcrum “F”

MiG-29OVT – Image: sabbathian.wordpress.com

At the Moscow MAKS airshow in 2001, RSK MiG unveiled a demonstrator with vectored-thrust nozzles. This aircraft, a modification of the sixth MiG-29M prototype, is designated the MiG-29OVT (Otklanyayemi Vektor Tyagi / Deflected Thrust Vector)”, and its RD-33 engines are to fitted with Klimov-designed nozzles that can rotate up to 15 degrees in any direction. It also has wingtip launch rails for short-range AAMs. Compared to the MiG-29 the MiG-29 OVT has increased range of more than 2,100 kilometres, improved avionics, vast improvements in weapon systems, HOTAS systems, wide range of weapons of air to air and air to ground, as well as a variety of defensive and offensive avionics suite. The engines have been moved backwards to make more room for fuel in the fuselage.

The MiG-29 OVT, is powered by a newly developed engine that offers an advanced level of manoeuvrability. The new engine’s secret lies in the design of the nozzles at the back of the plane, which move in all directions, allowing advanced steering capability. The MiG-29 OVT is the latest version of the MiG-29 jet, which has been on the market for several years. The “all-axis nozzles dramatically increase manoeuvrability, especially at low and zero speed,” Vladimir Barkovsky, chief of MiG’s design bureau told reporters. The demonstration of the new engine, known as the RD 33, was the culmination of several years’ work. MiG started work on developing a new all-axis nozzle in the late 1990s, Barkovsky said. To date, MiG has invested several million dollars in its development.

Production version of the latest MiG-29 with the proven thrust-vectoring engine that use fly-by-wire technology. The aircraft uses the same airframe of the MiG-29M1. The fighter is more agile and has an increase in range to 1,329 statute miles (2,139 km). With improved avionics, vast improvements in weapon systems, HOTAS systems, wide range of weapons of air to air and air to ground, as well as a variety of defensive and offensive avionics suite. It is no longer tied to the GCI system and would be able to conduct operations independently. It has eight weapon pylons and be able to refuel as well as carry three external fuel tanks. The aircraft is being marketed under the designation MiG-35 for potential export. Source sabbathian.wordpress.com


MiG-35 is compatible with Russian and foreign-origin weapons applications and an integrated variety of defensive systems to increase combat survivability. The fighter plane is being marketed globally under the designation MiG-35 (single seat) and MiG-35D (dual seat). MiG Corporation made their first official international MiG-35 presentation during Aero India 2007. MiG-35 Fulcrum-F is an export version of the MiG-29M OVT (Fulcrum F).


The defensive system equipment consists of radar reconnaissance, electronic countermeasures, and optical systems – notably the laser emission detector on each wingtip – which are able to detect and evaluate the approaching danger and operate decoy dispensers to counteract the approaching threat in the radar and infrared ranges.

The final configuration of the MiG-35’s onboard equipment has been left open intentionally using the MIL-STD-1553 bus. The main advantage of an open architecture configuration for its avionics is that future customers will have options to choose from components and systems made by Russian, United States, French and Israeli sources. The Ramenskoe Design Company will act as systems integrator. Source toad-design.com

Russia likely to receive first MiG-35 fighter jets in 2018: Here


Russia’s Aerospace Force will start receiving the Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) fighter jet in 2018 after the plane undergoes trials in 2017, Warplane Development Program Director at Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation Vladimir Mikhailov told TASS.

UAC to complete MiG-35 trials by 2017/early 2018: Here


Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is on course to complete flight trials of its latest MiG-35 ‘Fulcrum-F’ combat aircraft at the turn of the new year, ahead of the launch of serial production in 2018, a senior company representative told Jane’s on 24 June.

MiG-35 Mass Production Expected to Begin in 2 Years: Here


The MiG Russian Aircraft Corporation will begin mass production of the MiG-35 4++ generation multirole fighter in the next two years following the end of tests, Director General Ilya Tarasenko said Friday.

“A primary build for the new airframe is the MiG-35S, a one-seat fighter. A two-seat version will be called the MiG-35D, and will be used as training planes.”This light fighter is very economical,” stated Viktor Bondarev, commander of Russia’s Aerospace Forces. “It is fit for training pilots both in the academia and the military itself, and for familiarizing with all kinds of piloting techniques, maneuvers, all armaments.””


igor113 ru-aviation.livejournal.comPilot seat
Pilot control panel layout – Image: paralay.comWSO seat WSO control layout – Image: paralay.com

The MiG-35/35D carries modern targeting and navigation system, quad-redundant fly-by-wire flight control system, radar and optical locating stations, helmet-mounted targeting/display system, communications and self-defense equipment, cockpit instrumentation and other aids that working together provide high flight safety, effective use of weapons, as well as handling of navigation and training tasks. Source roe.ru

New glass cockpit

Multifunctional indicator from the company “Elkus” MFI-25SH on the MiG-35 fighter. / Photo source: Yandex.Pictures

The cockpit was also redesigned, new MFIs appeared, and on the MiG-35 this is the MFI-25Sh analogue to the one on the F-35, and the Su-57 received a MFI curved in the form of a sphere and a new multispectral HUD. The new EDSU system received full “responsibility” (without mechanical reserve), thus the control is completely digital, which will prevent accidents in critical situations if the pilot has insufficient experience or if he has lost consciousness or control.

Multifunctional indicator from the company “Elkus” MFI-25SH on the MiG-35 fighter. / Photo source: Yandex.Pictures

Source: zen.yandex.ru

К-36D-3,5 (К-36D-3,5М) Ejection seat

In flight, a crewmember is held in the seat with a suspension/restraint harness system. The crewmember may be restrained in the seat with the shoulder and waist restraint mechanisms. The seat features stepless height adjustment, which makes the seat occupation comfortable for work and vision.

The crewmember protection against the dynamic pressure G-loads at ejection is provided with the protective gear, windblast shield, forced restraint in the seat, seat stabilization as well as the selection of one of three operation modes for the energy source depending on the suited pilot mass. At the aircraft speed exceeding 850 km/h, the MRM steady-state mode is adjusted by the automatics depending on the acceleration.

After automatic separation of the pilot from the seat, the recovery parachute canopy is inflated providing the pilot’s safe descent. A portable survival kit, which is separated from the seat together with the pilot, supports his/her vital functions after landing or water landing, makes the pilot search easier, and the ПСН-1 life raft supports the pilot floatation on the surface of water.


The К-36D-3,5 ejection seat realizes the crewmember emergency escape within the range of equivalent airspeed (VE.) from 0 to 1300 km/h, at Mach number up to 2.5 and aircraft flight altitude from 0 to 20,000 m, including takeoff, landing run and «Н=0, V=0» mode. The seat is used with the KKO-15 set of protective gear and oxygen equipment.

The seat installation mass does not exceed 103 kg, including the survival kit.

Year of development: 2001


The К-36D-3,5 family features seat modifications for each aircraft version.

The К-36D-3,5 seats are installed in all versions of the Su-30 aircraft; the К-36D-3,5M seats are installed in the MiG-29M and seaborne МiG-29К/KUB aircraft.

Source zvezda-npp.ru

HMD Helmet

Oxygen System KS – 129


The KS -129 oxygen system is designed to provide one or two pilots of the front-line aircraft with oxygen during flights at the altitudes up to 20 km. (KS -130 oxygen system is used at the altitudes up to 12 km). The oxygen source is the BKDU -130 onboard oxygen-generating system, which produces oxygen from compressed air tapped from the aircraft gas turbine compressor.

Major advantages of the bottle-free oxygen system:

  • There are no onboard oxygen bottles in the system and, correspondingly, there is no need in pre-flight charging of the system with oxygen;
  • The mission duration is not limited with the onboard oxygen reserve;
  • The system features less line maintenance man-hours than the system with the bottle oxygen source.

The KS-129 oxygen system is used onboard the MiG-29K (KUB), MiG-29UPG, MiG-35, Su-30МКМ, Su-30МКI(A), Su-35, etc. Source zvezda-npp.ru

MiG-35 AESA radar

Image: igor113 ru-aviation.livejournal.com

MiG-35 will be the first Russian aircraft to be fitted with active electronically scanned array radar. The Zhuk-MA’s antenna consists of 160 modules, each with four receive-and-transmit modules. It is believed to offer a 160km (85nm) air target detection radius and 300km for surface ships.

Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar

m02008032100022Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar

The Phazotron Zhuk-AE AESA radar offers a wider range of operating frequencies, providing more resistance to electronic countermeasures (ECM), more detection range, more air and ground targets detected, tracked and able to be engaged simultaneously. The radar is thought to have detection range of 160 km (86 nmi) for air targets and 300 km (160 nmi) for ships. Source toad-design.com

Russian company designs new radar for MiG-35 fighters: Here

The Zhuk-AME active phased antenna array / Source: phazotron.com


The Radioelectronic Technologies Concern (KRET) of Rostec State Corporation presented an active phased antenna array radar Zhuk-AME designed for multipurpose MiG-35 fighter jets, the press service of the company said.

Zhuk-AM/AME (Zhuk-AE/FGA-35)


In 2016 aerospace exhibition, held in Zhunhai Phazotron unvield a new AESA radar named Zhuk-AM/AME which is likely further evolution of FGA-35(3d) and renamed as Zhuk-AM/AME. According to Janes, the Zhuk-AME can track up to 30 targets and can simultaneously attack up to six aerial targets and has detection range up to 260 km and detection and tracking up to 160 km. The source added that the new radar weighs about 100 kg.

During 2015 Aero India Phazotron showcased a placard of zhuk FGA-35, the radar in the placard looking like Zhuk-AM/AME instead of then FGA-35/FGA-35(3D) (Which was besides the placard. and was also marketed for HAL LCA. Source wikivisually.com

Like radar, OLS allows the MiG-35 to detect targets and aim weapon systems. But, unlike radar, OLS has no emissions, meaning it cannot be detected.

OLS works like a human eye by getting the picture and later analysing it. NII PP, the federal space agency science and research institute’s engineers have chosen more short-wave bands for the matrix, which has increased sensitivity of the complex several times and has increased detection range.

The OLS on the MiG-35 is considered to help pilots to spot even the USAF’s stealth planes. OLS includes a complex of powerful optics with IR vision that makes it impossible for any plane to hide.

OLS solves the problem of blurred vision. At speed, each piece of dust can cause harm to the glass of the OLS. The new OLS uses leuco-sapphire, the next-hardest material after artificial diamonds, making the lifetime for such glass much longer. According to NII PP engineers, leuco-sapphire is clear for all the OLS emissions and doesn’t corrupt the signal, an important factor for the optical systems.

OLS-UEM opto-electronic

DSC_6890OLS-UEM opto-electronic & Detector of attacking missiles (UAR) – aex.ru

The NPK-SPP OLS-UEM is an state-of-the-art electro-optical sensor designed to search, detect and track a wide range of airborne targets offering a clear picture to the aircraft’s pilot. The imaging infrared (IIR) OLS-UEM sensor combines a 320×256-pixel infrared sensor and a 640×480-pixel TV camera achieving the infrared search and track (IRST) capability need in air-to-air engagements. Besides, a laser rangefinder allows to know the distance from the target with high accuracy at ranges between 200 meters to 20 kilometers. The OLS-UEM has been designed to detect airborne targets at ranges between 15 to 55 kilometers. It provides a coverage in azimuth of +/- 90-degree and +60-degree to -15-degree in elevation. The OLS-UEM sensor has been selected for the Mig-35 multi-role aircraft and is mounted on the nose section in front of the cockpit. A simplified version called OLS-UE is available for the Mig-29K, Mig-29KUB, Mig-29M and Mig-29M2 aircraft. Source deagel.com

OLS-50M IRST MAKS2013 wiki

The OLS, a new development from space technologies, incorporates a helmet-mounted target designation system providing targeting solutions for both ground and air targets in the forward and aft hemispheres of the aircraft. The most vital difference from the previous IRST sensor is that the new device provides not only a better operation range but also offers manually switchable display options of IR view, TV mode or a mix of both that significantly improves man-machine coordination. The OLS on the nose serves as the IRST while the OLS under the right air intake serves as the ground strike designator. Source toad-design.com

General data:
Type: Infrared Altitude Max: 0 m
Range Max: 185.2 km Altitude Min: 0 m
Range Min: 0 km Generation: Infrared, 3rd Generation Imaging (2000s/2010s, Impr LANTIRN, Litening II/III, ATFLIR)
Properties: Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) [Side Info], Classification [Class Info] / Brilliant Weapon [Automatic Target Aquisition], Continous Tracking Capability [Visual]
Sensors / EW:
OLS-35 [IRST] – Infrared
Role: IRST, Imaging Infrared Seach and Track
Max Range: 185.2 km


The defensive system equipment consists of radar reconnaissance, electronic countermeasures, and optical systems (notably the laser emission detector on each wingtip) which are able to detect and evaluate the approaching danger and operate decoy dispensers to counteract the approaching threat in the radar and infrared ranges. Source fighter-planes.com

OLS-K system

OLS-K -The NPK-SPP OLS-K is an state-of-the-art electro-optical targeting system

OLS-K -The NPK-SPP OLS-K is an state-of-the-art electro-optical targeting system designed to search, detect and track targets on the ground or at sea. The OLS-K system combines an infrared sensor and a TV camera allowing to detect and track a vehicle on the ground at a distance of 20 kilometers and a boat at sea at a distance of 40 kilometers. A laser rangefinder allows to calculate the target’s location at ranges of up to 20 kilometers thus making possible an air-to-ground or air-to-surface engagement. A laser designator take care of illuminating the intended target on the surface for laser-guided weapons. The OLS-K sensor was selected for the Mig-35 multi-role aircraft and is mounted below the fuselage in the right engine nacelle. Source deagel.com

OLS-K -The NPK-SPP OLS-K is an state-of-the-art electro-optical targeting system  – Image: paralay.com

T220 targeting pod

IMG_0684-c4ef9e9a5dc3c40f23f739f8a09bc756T220 targeting pod

On the website of the Moscow model-prototyping company “Guild modelers” were pictures made this company a full-size demonstration model of prospective Russian aircraft target designation pod T220 / E. The container is designed of “Scientific and Industrial Corporation” Precision Instrument Systems “(of” SPC “NGN”) and the known data, intended for equipping MiG-29 SMT, Mig-29M / M2 (MiG-35) and Su-35C. It is reported that the container has a length of 2.4 m and a diameter of 0.37 m. The model aircraft suspended container targeting T220 / e development of “Scientific and Industrial Corporation” Precision Instrument Systems “(c) www.gildmaket.ru. Translated by googleSource bmpd.livejournal.com

MiG-29M2/35 proto 702 blue w/T220 targeting pod during Army-2017 air show at Kubinka

SOAR – System

SOAR – one on engine’s gondola  It detects rocket launches and shows the direction from which the missile is coming – Image: paralay.com

SOAR – System consist of two stations, one on engine’s gondola, second on the top of the fuselage, behind the cabin. It detects rocket launches and shows the direction from which the missile is coming. The threat is also signalled by vioce. It can detect Stinger/Igla from 10km, a2a missiles from 30km, big surface to air missiles from 50km. SOAR was also developed in NII PP Institute. Source secretprojects.co.uk

SOAR – one on engine’s gondola  second on the top of the fuselage, behind the cabin. It detects rocket launches and shows the direction from which the missile is coming –  igor113 ru-aviation.livejournal.com

SOLO station detection laser irradiation/СОЛО, станция обнаружения лазерного облучения

o_6Optoelectronic systems for MiG-29M / M 2, MiG-35 aircraft – npk-spp.ru

СОЛО, станция обнаружения лазерного облучения. Установлены два модуля в левой и правой законцовках крыльев, что обеспечивает практически круговой обзор. Дальность обнаружения источника лазерного облучения – 30 км. Вес – 800 гр.

Translated by google SOLO station detection laser irradiation. Installed two modules in the left and right wing tips, which provides almost all-round visibility. Detection range of the laser irradiation source – 30 km. Weight – 800 grams.

Solves the following tasks:

• continuous spherical review of the environment;
• detection of objects representing a threat, determination of their angular coordinates;
• formation of signs of threat.

Electro-optical reconnaissance Оптико-электронная разведка

Spherical zone Sauer review Detector attacking missiles (SAR)


  • continuous review of the formation of spherical mnemo- and surroundings video?;
  • automatic detection in the infrared airborne targets (VTs) and missile;
  • recognition and support of the Computing Center and missiles;
  • formation of signs of threat. <

Detector of attacking missiles (UAR)

OLT moduleOLT module

Solves the following tasks:

• continuous spherical review of the environment;
• automatic detection of laser radiation sources (OR);
• formation of signs of threat.

Detector of attacking missiles (UAR)


Solves the following tasks:

• continuous spherical review of the environment;
• detection of objects representing a threat, determination of their angular coordinates;
• formation of signs of threat.

Translated by google Source npk-spp.ru

MSP-418K Kedr (cedar)active jamming pod

DSC_0146 ну а это видимо МСП-418 (well, it seems to SMEs 418k )  @lans2.livejournal.com.  MSP-418K Kedr (cedar) active jamming pod 

Compact jamming pod MSP-418-K is developed for individual and collective aircraft protection by means of active noise and interference generation to deceive and counteract against radio electronic equipment used in air defence, artillery or any other ground complexes. It implements noise generation and complex interference with DRFM technologies which implements digital signal processing and interference generator by noise generation and generating complex interferences with a programmable structure thereby providing an independent two-channel reception, processing, and emission of the original radar signal based on DRFM technology. It has the capacity to instantaneously measure the received radar signals for panoramic radar signal detection in G-J range. DRFM technology is a broadband signal processing with real-time signal processing and programmable features and it implements recording and reproduction of the received radar signals. Source dsekharkumar.newsvine.com

Russia’s MiG-35 to Boast State-of-the-Art Ship-Relative Navigation System: HERE


Russia’s MiG-35 multirole fighter jets will soon be equipped with the latest platform-less inertial navigation system, Igor Nasenkov, deputy head of the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told RIA Novosti.

BINS-SP2 strapdown inertial navigation system

BINS-SP2 strapdown inertial navigation system, allows the fighters to navigate even in the absence of satellite, land-based, or offshore navigation systems. Source kret.com

The BINS-SP2 architecture is based on three laser gyroscopes and three quartz accelerometers. The system can establish the platform’s coordinates and motion variables in the absence of external data inputs.

The system was developed by Moscow Institute of Electromechanics and Automatics, a subsidiary of Radioelectronic Technologies. General director Alexey Kuznetsov says the BINS-SP2 can operate at temperatures between –60° and +60° C, and at altitudes up to 25 km.

Anatoly Chumakov, general director of the BINS-SP2 manufacturer Ramenskoye Instrument Making Plant, predicts great demand for the system from military and civilian customers. Three examples per airframe could be installed on civilian aircraft, and two per airframe on warplanes. The system has a service life of 10,000 hours. It can also be used on sea vessels and road transport.  Source ato.ru

MiG-35 Gets New Deck Landing System: Here


“All works under adaptation of our system to the Russia’s newest warplane successfully ended; as for today, BINS-SP-2 has passed the trials”, he said. The system will not only improve performance of the jets but make them capable to land on decks of aircraft-carrying ships, added the interviewee.

MiG-35 engines


The MiG-35 is powered by two RD-33MKBs that can be fitted with KliVT swivel-nozzles and a thrust vectoring control (TVC) system. The MiG-35’s combination of TVC and advanced missile-warning sensors gives it the edge during combat.

RD-33 engines generate 7% more power compared to the baseline model due to the modern materials that go into the manufacturing of the cooled blades. The engines provide a higher-than-average thrust of 9,000kgf. RD-33 engines are smokeless and include systems that reduce infrared and optical visibility. The engines may be fitted with vectored-thrust nozzles, which would result in an improvement in combat efficiency.

Russia’s developmental work on thrust vectoring started in 1980s. The Sukhoi and Saturn / Lyulka engine design bureaus led the way, and their efforts resulted in the Su-30 MKI aircraft. The MiG and Klimov engine bureaus began their work in the field of thrust vector engines a little later and aimed at all-aspect thrust vectoring, as opposed to Sukhoi / Saturn’s two dimensional (horizontal / vertical) vectoring.

RD-33MK “Morskaya Osa”

RD33MKRD-33MK “Morskaya Osa” with TVC


Thrust at maximum mode F T, max. = 49.44 kN
Thrust mode for postcombustion F T PS = 81.42 kN
Maximum speed blower n D, max. = 11 000 min. -1
Maximum speed high-pressure compressor n K, max. = 15 500 min. -1
bypass ratio m = 0.549
The maximum air flow rate Q in = 77 kg · s -1
The maximum degree of compression of the compressor π KC = 22
The maximum degree of compression blower π KC, D = 3.14
The maximum degree of compression of the high-pressure compressor π KC VTK = 7
Specific fuel consumption at maximum mode c m, max. = 0.076 kg N -1 .h -1
Specific fuel consumption per mode afterburner c m, PS = 0.205 kg N -1 .h -1
The maximum temperature of the gases before the gas turbine t 3c, max. = 1236 ° C
The maximum temperature of the gases of the gas turbine t 4c, max. = 820 + 25 ° C
Acceleration of the engine (idling – MAXIMUM) t = 4.4 to 5.9 with
The overall length of the engine L = 4130 mm
The maximum diameter of the motor D max. 1000 mm
The dry weight of the engine G = 1050 kg

Structure of the engine RD-33

1 – blower; 2 – high pressure compressor; 3 – Main combustion chamber;
4 – high pressure gas turbine; 5 – low pressure gas turbine; 6 – mixer; 7 – diffuser afterburner chamber; 8 – The extension pipe; 9 – všerežimová supersonic exhaust nozzle.

Source leteckemotory.cz

Laith Jobran @flickr

GTDE-117(-1) APU

The GTDE is a turboshaft engine with a free turbine, has a modular design, with the turbocompressor module being one-shaft with centrifugal compressor and one-stage turbine. The reduction gear of the power turbine is executed according to the two-stage multi-flow scheme. The purpose is to provide the independent pre-flight aircraft preparation without starting the main engines and their subsequent startup.

The gas turbine engine-power unit differs by a relatively small mass at high available power, is produced in several modifications for a number of domestic and foreign planes. The main modifications – GTDE-117 and GTDE-117-1 are installed on MiG-29, MiG-29К, Su-27, Su-30, Su-33, Su-35, etc..Source koavia.com


Delivery shaft starter power 98 h.p.
Delivery shaft power unit power 70 h.p.
Starter rotation frequency of delivery shaft 4540 r.p.m.
Power unit rotation frequency of delivery shaft 2500 r.p.m.
Turbocompressor rotation frequency 60750 r.p.m.
Length 708 mm
Width 310 mm
Height 339 mm
Weight 40 kg

Source motor-lutsk.com.ua


AAG are complicated multifunctional complexes equipped by gas turbine engines-power units, AC and DC generators, plunger and centrifugal pumps. The purpose is to provide the start-up of the main engines and functioning of all electric, hydraulic and fuel aircraft systems in the air and on the earth.

AAG KSA-2/3/4 are designed for installation on various modifications of MiG-29 fighters and are used for two RD-33 engines simultaneously, which has allowed to reduce the drive transmission weight for aircraft accessory and start-up, with high reliability requirements being secured.


AAG type Twin-engine set with self-contained units
Type of aircraft MiG-29K/KUB, MiG-29M/M2, MiG-35
Power being transferred, h.p. 174х2
Rotation speed at input shaft, RPM 13443
Number of aircraft accessory 5х2
Mass, kg 348,3

The production of a number of aircraft accessory gearboxes of the single-engine type has been deployed at the enterprise for foreign aircraft with the engines RD-33N and etc. – KSA-52, KSA-53 and others.  Source koavia.com

Klimov achieved all-aspect vectoring with the aid of three hydraulic actuators that deflect the nozzles, and are mounted at 120A° intervals around the engine nacelle. This enabled MiG-35 to fly at very low speeds without angle-of-attack limitations, and ensured that it will also remain controllable in zero-speed and ‘negative-speed’ (tail-forward) areas for sustained periods.

MiG-29OVT – Image: sabbathian.wordpress.com


The MiG-35 is a highly manoeuvrable air superiority fighter, which was shown for the first time in August 2005 during the MAKS Air Show outside Moscow. The fighter is powered by RD-33 OVT thrust vectoring control engines. The RD-33 OVT engines provide superior manoeuvrability and enhance the fighter’s performance in close air-to-air engagements.

RD-33OVT engine

rd-133_mig29ovt_4RD-33OVT engine variant with thrust vectoring nozzles

The MiG-35 presents super-manoeuvrability, a capability to fly at supercritical angles of attack at increased level of sustained and available g-loads and high turn-angle rate, which requires a greater thrust-to-weight ratio and improved wing aerodynamic efficiency.

MiG-35 weapon

Hardpoints: 9 total (8× under-wing, 1× centre-line) with a capacity of 7,000 kg

1× 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon, 150 rounds

The Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30 (ГШ-30) is a family of autocannons used on certain Russian military aircraft.

The GSh-30-1 (also known as “GSh-301”) is the standard cannon armament of most modern Russian fighters including the Yak-141 Freestyle, MiG-29 Fulcrum, Su-27 Flanker and its’ various derivatives. The GSh-30-2 is carried by the Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack plane and in external gun pods. The GSh-30-2K is a modified version with 2400mm long water-cooled barrels and variable rate of fire. It is used on a fixed mounting on Mi-24P Hind-F helicopters.

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1

  • Caliber: 30x165mm
  • Operaton: Gast principle
  • Length: 1978mm
  • Weight (complete): 46 kg
  • Rate of fire: 1500–1800 rpm
  • Muzzle velocity: 860 m/s
  • Projectile weight: 386-404 g (13.6-14.25 oz)
  • Mounting platforms: Yakovlev Yak-141 “Freestyle”, Mikoyan MiG-29 “Fulcrum”, Sukhoi Su-27 “Flanker” (and derivatives), Sukhoi Su-34 “Fullback”

GSh-30 Data imfdb.org

R-27 (NATO reporting name: AA-10 Alamo)

Medium-range missiles R-27 (e), designed to intercept and destroy aircraft and helicopters of all types of unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles in a dogfight at medium and long distances, with individual and group actions carrier aircraft, day and night, in simple and adverse weather conditions, from any direction, against the background of the earth and the sea, with active information, firing and maneuvering countering enemy.

Available in several versions, differing use of two types of homing – semi-active radar (PARGS) and heat – and two types of propulsion systems – with standard and increased installed power. Modifications PARGS are designated R-27R and R-27ER, with TGS – R-27T, R-27ET, with propulsion of increased energy available – R-27ER and R-27ET.

Main material rocket design titanium alloy, a steel motor housing .

For the suspension to the carrier aircraft and launch weight of both modifications missiles used the same launchers rail and catapult type.

he rail trigger APU-470 is used for the deployment of missiles under the wings of the aircraft, and the ejection device AKU-470 for the deployment of missiles under the fuselage and under the wings.

shema_en.pngImage: artem.ua

Data airwar.ru & artem.ua

R-27R1 missile

r1p1R-27R1 eng

R-27ER1 missile

er1ep1R-27ER1 eng

R-27T1 missile

t1R-27T1 eng

R-27ET1 missile

ET1.pngR-27ET1 eng

Source artem.ua

R-60 (NATO reporting name: AA-8 Aphid)


Short range missile P-60 (item 62) with heat homing head is designed to engage highly maneuverable manned aircraft and unmanned aerial reconnaissance means in close air battles in the range of visibility.

The R-60 missile was developed by NPO Lightning (General Designer M.R. Bisnovat) in an extremely short time. Natural development of the product from the ground-based missile launcher with pointing to a track mounted on the tower began in 1971. Soon flight tests with the MiG-21 began, and already on December 18, 1973 R-60 was adopted for service.

The high performance of R-60 and thoughtful design of the launchers led to its adoption in service of many combat aircraft: IL-102(R-60M), MiG-21SMT/SM/MM/MF/Bis-I, MiG-23M, MiG-25PD, MiG-27, MiG-29, MiG-31/31M, Su-15TM, Su-17/20/22, Su-24, Su-24M, Su-25, Yak-28PM, Yak-38/38M, Yak-141, Ka-50, Mi-24P/Bis-I, MiG-29, MiG-29, MiG-29.

It was exported to more than 26 countries of the world. The export version is designated P-60MK.

The export version of P-60 was designated as P-60K. The high quality of R-60 was confirmed in the battles between Syrian and Israeli aircraft over Lebanon in 1982. Its launches were marked by hits exactly in the nozzles of enemy aircraft engines.

NATO designation AA-8 “Aphid”.


Start weight, kg:
            – R-60 43.5
            – R-60М 44
The weight of the combat unit, kg:
            – R-60 3
            – R-60М 3.5
Launch range, km:
– low 0.25-1.5
– high 0.50-8
Missiles flight speed 2.5-3М
Maximum starting overload, g 7
Maximum overload, g 47
Time of controlled flight, s 23
Overloading of affected targets 12
Dimensions, mm:
– length R-60 / R-60M 2095 / 2138
– case diameter 120
– plumage scale 390

Source en.missilery.info

Vympel R-73 (NATO reporting name: AA-11 Archer)

R-73A short range air-to-air missile


Currently the R-73 is the best Russian short range air-to-air missile. Apart from an exceptional maneuverability, this missile is also directly connected to the pilot’s helmet, which allows engagement of targets lateral to the aircraft, which cannot be engaged by missiles with a traditional system of targeting and guidance. The R-73A, an earlier variant of this missile, has a 30 km range, while the most recent R-73M can hit targets at a distance of 40 km.

R-73M short range air-to-air missile

Michael Jerdev @MuxelAero

The R-73 short-range, close-combat standardized missile was developed in the Vympel Machine Building Design Bureau, and became operational in 1984. The R-73 is included in the weapon complex of MiG-23MLD, MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters and their modifications and also of Mi-24, Mi-28 and Ka-50 helicopters. It also can be employed in flying craft which do not have sophisticated aiming systems.

The missile is used for engaging modern and future fighters, attack aircraft, bombers, helicopters, drones and cruise missiles, including those executing a maneuver with a g-force up to 12. It permits the platform to intercept a target from any direction, under any weather conditions, day or night, in the presence of natural interference and deliberate jamming. It realizes the “fire and forget” principle.

The missile design features a canard aerodynamic configuration: control surfaces are positioned ahead of the wing at a distance from the center of mass. The airframe consists of modular compartments accommodating the homing head, aerodynamic control surface drive system, autopilot, proximity fuze, warhead, engine, gas-dynamic control system and aileron drive system. The lifting surfaces have a small aspect ratio. Strakes are mounted ahead of the aerodynamic control surfaces.

The combined aero-gas-dynamic control gives the R-73 highly maneuverable flight characteristics. During flight, yaw and pitch are controlled by four aerodynamic control surfaces connected in pairs and by just as many gas-dynamic spoilers (fins) installed at the nozzle end of the engine. Control with engine not operating is provided by aerodynamic control surfaces. Roll stabilization of the missile is maintained with the help of four mechanically interconnected ailerons mounted on the wings. Drives of all missile controls are gas, powered from a solid-propellant gas generator.

The passive infrared homing head supports target lock-on before launch. Guidance to the predicted position is by the proportional navigation method. The missile’s combat equipment consists of an active proximity (radar or laser) fuze and impact fuze and a continuous-rod warhead.


The engine operates on high-impulse solid propellant and has a high-tensile steel case. Russia’s Vympel weapons designers have developed a one-of-a-kind air-to-air missile, which NATO has dubbed as AA-11, for use on foreign fighter planes. Techically and militarily the new missile, meant for quick-action dogfights, leave its foreign analogues far behind. Vympel experts have also made it possible for the new missile to be easily installed on all available types of aircraft. The AA-11 can also be used on older planes which will now be able to effectively handle the US’ highly maneuverable F-15 and F-16 jets. The AA-11 missile is based on all-new components, use new high-energy solid fuel and an advanced guidance and control system which has made it possible to minimize their size. Their exceptionally high accuracy is ensured by the missile’s main secret, the so-called transverse control engine, which rules out misses during the final approach trajectory. The transverse control engine is still without parallel in the world.

Russia has offered the export-version R-7EE air-to-air missile system for sale so that it can be fitted to foreign-made fighter aircraft. Developed by the Vympel state-sector engineering and design bureau, the R-7EE is designed for close-quarters aerial combat. Vympel specialists have developed a way of ensuring that the missile system can be fitted to virtually any type of aircraft. It can be fitted to older aircraft, which feature heavily in third-world countries’ air forces.

Contractor Vympel
Date Deployed 1980s
Range 20 km (R-73M1)  30 km (R-73M2) 40 km
Speed Mach 2.5
Propulsion One solid-propellant rocket motor
Guidance All aspect Infrared
Warhead 7.4 kg HE expanding rod warhead
Launch Weight 105 kg (R-73M1)  115 kg (R-73M2)
Length 2.9 m
Diameter 170 mm
Fin Span 0.51 m
Platforms Su-27, Su-33, Su-34, Su-35, Su-37, MiG-29, MiG-31, MiG-33, Yak-141, Ka-50, Ka-52

Data fas.org Images sourced from the net

R-77 extended medium range air-to-air missile


The R-77, RVV-AE designation used for the export market and AA-12 Adder designation used by Western intelligence, is an extended medium range air-to-air missile featuring an active radar seeker to engage multiple airborne targets simultaneously. This missile was designed as the Soviet/Russian counterpart to the United States Air Force AIM-120 AMRAAM. The R-77 enables the Mig-29 and Su-27 fighter aircraft families to engage multiple airborne threats simultaneously thanks to its fire and forget capability. There are other versions fitted with infrared and passive radar seekers instead of active radar homing. Future plans call for increasing the missile range well beyond 150 kilometers.

The R-77 has been designed with innovative control surfaces which are one of the keys of its impressive performance. Once launched, the R-77 depends on an inertial navigation system with optional in-flight target position updates from the aircraft sensors. When the R-77 missile is at a distance of about 20 km its radar homing head activates leading the missile to its target.

Diameter: 200 millimeter (7.87 inch)
Length: 3.60 meter (142 inch)
Wingspan: 350 millimeter (13.8 inch)
Max Range: 80 kilometer (43 nautical mile)
Target’s Max Altitude: 25,000 meter (15.5 mile)
Target’s Min Altitude: 20 meter
Top Speed: 4 mach (4,782 kph)
Warhead: 30 kilogram (66 pound)
Weight: 175 kilogram (386 pound)

R-77 data deagel.com

Su-30-AAMsImage: ausairpower.net

The aircraft’s suite of guided weapons includes Kh-31A anti-ship missiles with active radar seekers, the Kh-31P anti-radar missiles, Kh-29TE missiles and KAB-500Kr TV-guided bombs. Added, when equipped with an external optical / laser targeting pod, the fighter can use the Kh-29L air-to-surface missiles and KAB-500L laser-guided bombs. These weapons will allow the aircraft to engage aerial and land targets.

Kh-31AD airborne anti-ship guided missile


Kh-31AD airborne anti-ship guided missile is designed for hitting combat (assault landing) surface ships and cargo ships from the striking force (convoys) and single ships. This particular missile has a warhead power increased to 15% in compare with its prototype Kh-31A. Launch range is increased up to 120-160 km almost in two times.


 Maximum launch range
(carrier flight parameters: H=15 km, M=1.5 km), km  120 to 160
 Launch altitrudes, km  0,1 to 15
 Launch speeds (M number)  0,65 to 1,5
 Aiming system  inertial + active radio homing head
 Active radio homing head angle of sight in vertical plane, degree  +10 to -20
 Active radio homing head angle of sight in horizontal plane, degree  up to +/-27
 type  universal
 weight, kg  110
 Fuel  gasoline
 Missile start weight (maximum), kg  715
 Lengthxdiameter, m  5,340×0,360
 Weather conditions for use  any conditions at sea roughness
 up to 4-5
 Carriers  aircrafts Su-30MK (MKI, MKM, MK2),
 Su-35, Mig-29K, Mig-29KUB, Mig-35
 and etc.
 Average number of missile hits required to make enemy’s destroyer
 ineffective  2,0

Kh-31PD airborne high speed anti-radar missile

Kh-31PD airborne high speed anti-radar missile is designed to hit radars of anti-aircraft missile stations (ZRK).

Missile ground maintenance is provided by the OKA-E-1 aircraft guided weapons (AUSP) preparation system.


 Maximum launch range, km
 (carrier flight parameters H=15km, M=1,5), km  180 to 250
 Maximum launch range (H=0,1km), km  15
 Launch altitudes, km  0,1 to 15
 Launch speeds (M number)  0,65 to 1,5
 Aiming system  inertial + wide waveband range
 passive radio homing head
 Target location angle when launching, degree
 target lock being under carrier  +/-15
 target lock at the trajectory  +/-30
 type  cluster, universal
 weight  110
 Fuel  gasoline
 Missile start weight (maximum), kg  715
 Missile overall dimensions:
 lengthxdiameterxwing span, m  5,340×0,360×0,954 (1,102)
 Weather conditions  any weather conditions
 Carriers  aircraft Su-30MK (MKI, MKM, MK2),
 Su-35, Mig-29, Mig-35, Mig-29KUB and etc.

Source ktrv.ru

Su-30MK+Kh-31-2For illustration – Image: ausairpower.net

Grom tactical air-to-ground missile



The Vympel Kh-29 / AS-14 Kedge is a Russian supersonic equivalent to the French AS.30 and US AGM-65 Maverick, and is primarily intended for interdiction and close air support,  maritime strike roles, and attacks on hardened concrete shelters and structures. An APU-58 or AKU-58 launcher is used, on the Su-27/30 Flanker (up to 6 rounds), the MiG-27 Flogger (2 rounds), Su-17/22 Fitter (2 rounds) and Su-24M Fencer (3 round). Multiple variants exist.

The Kh-29T (Izdeliye 64 or AS-14B) is an electro-optical variant with a daylitgh television seeker. The Kh-29TE is the export variant, the Kh-29TM an enhanced variant. The Kh-29TD is another EO variant, possibly equipped with a thermal imaging seeker.

Launch weight for most variants is around 1,500 lb, with a 700 lb warhead being used most often. Range is usually cited at 16 nautical miles for a high altitude launch. Source ausairpower.net

Missile weight: 680 kg
Length: 3900 mm
Diameter: 400 mm
Wingspan:  1100 mm
Minimum range*: 3 km
Maximum range: 8 – 12 km
Engine: fixed thrust solid, fuel rocket
Fuze type: impact
Guidance system: passive TV
Warhead: high-explosive penetrating
Warhead weight: 320 kg

Missile weight: 690 kg
Length: 3900 mm
Diameter: 400 mm
Wingspan:  1100 mm
Minimum range*: 3 km
Maximum range: 20 – 30 km
Engine: fixed thrust, solid fuel rocket
Fuze type: impact
Guidance system: passive TV
Warhead: high-explosive penetrating
Warhead weight: 320 kg

Source armamentresearch.com



The Kh-29L (Izdeliye 63 or AS-14A) is a semi-active laser homing variant used in the manner of the AS.30L, with a 24N1 seeker. Source ausairpower.net

Missile weight: 660 kg
Length: 3900 mm
Diameter: 400 mm
Wingspan:  1100 mm
Minimum range*: 3 km
Maximum range: 8 – 10 km
Height of launch: 0.2 – 5 km
Engine: fixed thrust, solid fuel rocket
Fuze type: impact
Guidance system: passive TV
Warhead: high-explosive penetrating
Warhead weight: 320 kg

Source armamentresearch.com

KAB-500KR & KAB-500 OD guided and corrected air bombs

Vadim Savitsky

KAB-500Kr & KAB-500-OD are guided and corrected air bombs

The KAB-500Kr corrected air bomb is designed to engage stationary ground/surface small-sized hardened targets, such as reinforced concrete shelters, runways, railway and highway bridges, military industrial installations, warships, and transport vessels.

The KAB-500-OD corrected air bomb is designed to engage ground targets, such as fire emplacements, and manpower hidden in mountainous terrains.

The KAB-500Kr, KAB-500-OD corrected air bombs are fitted with TV/terrain-matching homing heads and various types of warheads. TV homers with target data processing correlation algorithm can “remember” target location and correct bomb’s flight trajectory until the impact on the target, thus realizing the “fire and forget” principle. Such homing heads can help defeat low-contrast and masked targets provided that terrain reference points and target coordinates related to them are available. The KAB-500Kr, KAB-500-OD corrected air bombs make part of weapon systems of such front-line aircraft types as Su-27, Su-30, Su-34, Su24M, MIG-29 and others.

Developer and manufacturer: State Research and Production Enterprise “Region”


KAB-500Kr KAB-500-OD
Weights: total/warhead/HE, kg 520/380/100 370/250/140
length, m 3,05 3,05
diameter, m 0,35 0,35
empennage, m 0,75 0,75
Bomb drop altitude, km 0,5-5 0,5-5
Carrier speed, km/h 550…1100 550-1100
Root mean square deviation, m 4…7 4…7
Warhead type concrete-piercing high explosive
(high explosive (fuel-air
penetrator) explosive)

Source ktrv.ru

KAB-500L laser-guided bomb

Vitaly V. Kuzmin

The KAB-500L is the baseline laser semi-active homing 500 kg guided bomb developed for the FA-VVS and widely exported since the end of the Cold War. It achieved IOC in 1979.

The weapon uses the Azov 27N or later 27N1 semi-active laser homing seeker using an annular airfoil and optical design similar to the Paveway I/II series. It will provide similar characteristics to the baseline Paveway I/II seeker. The cited CEP is 7 to 10 metres which is consistent with this style of seeker and the bang-bang control loop technology involved.

Delivery envelope is 1 to 15 km AGL and 550 – 1700 km/h.


  1. KAB-500L-Pr-E – Penetrating bunker buster with subclaibre warhead.
  2. KAB-500L-F-E – Blast fragmentation warhead equivalent to M118.
  3. KAB-500L-OD-E – thermobaric warhead / FAE.
  4. KAB-500L-K-E – cluster warhead.

Source ausairpower.net

S-8 rocket pod


‘S-8’ 80mm unguided rocket


The S-8 system is the main caliber weapon in the class of unguided aircraft rockets and can solve a variety of aircraft missions.

The rocket is provided with a solid propellant motor with a summary thrust pulse of 5,800 N.s and operating time of 0.7 s. Progressive methods for body shaping from ready-made rolled aluminum and unique engineering solutions in terms of separate elements aimed at reducing motor manufacturing labor consumption and costs are used in its construction.

The following types of S-8 rockets are operational today:

    • S-8KOM with HEAT fragmentation warhead;
    • S-8BM with concrete-piercing (penetrating) warhead;
    • S-8-OM with illuminating warhead.
Range (km)
Warhead (kg)
Weight (kg)
Speed (km/h)
Intended Targets
80 mm unguided aircraft rocket
11.3 (pod 386)
20 x AT Fragmentation Rocket ,(400mm penetration) light anti-armor. This rocket is intended to engage modern tanks, lightly armored and soft-skinned combat materiel. Owing to the fragmentation effect, the rocket also inflicts damage on manpower
80 mm unguided aircraft rocket
16.7 (pod 402)
20 x HE Fragmentation Rocket , This rocket is designed to engage personnel, soft and lightly armored targets.
80 mm unguided aircraft rocket
11.1 (pod 382)
20 x Smoke, This rocket is intended to mark ground targets, routes of movement and landing areas in daytime.

Source steamcommunity.com

FAB-250 250-kilogram (550 lb) unguided bombs



High-explosive incendiary bomb aviation OFZAB-500 was established use in high speed with low altitudes against manpower and easily vulnerable field installations, warehouses and fuel depots. The bomb is intended to replace in the Russian Air Force obsolete FOZAB-500. It is used at altitudes of 300 – 20,000 m at speeds of 100 – 1200 km / h.

OFZAB-500 allows the wearer to carry out maneuvers with large congestion. The bomb can be used on a large number of combat aircraft of Soviet and Russian-made MiG-21, MiG-27, MiG-29, Su-17, Su-22, Su-24, Su-25, Su-27, Tu-95, Tu -16.

Length, m
Diameter, mm
span, m
weight bombs, kg
Weight of explosive, kg
250 kg incendiary + 37.5 kg PF

Source airwar.ru

Italy-based Elettronica signed an agreement with Mikoyan in 2007 to support in incorporating ELT/568(V)2 self-protection jammer in the MiG-35. The jammer renders self defence from radar controlled anti-aircraft artillery.

ELT/568(V)2 Self Protection Jammer

Image: idrw.org

The ELT/568(V)2 is a solid-state self-protection jammer intended to neutralize radar-based air defense systems and radar-guided surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. Besides, the ELT/568(V)2 provides jamming against air surveillance radar systems. The jammer has been developed by Elettronica S.p.A. and has been designed for installation on fighter aircraft. The ELT/568(V)2 self-protection jammer is being offered to Indian Air Force (IAF) as part of the MIG Corporation’s Mig-35 tender for the MRCA (Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) program. Source deagel.com


An addition of a strap-on tank behind the cockpit has allowed MiG-35 to have a higher internal fuel capacity of 950l. The capacity of the external fuel tank suspended under the fuselage has increased up to 2,000l. Ferry range with three external fuel tanks has also been increased, rising to 3,100km, and with one in-flight refuelling the range will be 5,400km.

The fuel management system has also been digitised, and includes a new digital fuel metering system.

Nozzle Assembly of the GPT -2E series


Nozzle assemblies of the GPT-2E (-1, -1M, -1I) type are designed to refuel combat aircraft in flight. The nozzle assemblies feature universal refueling couplings that conform both to the RF and NATO standards. This makes it possible to refuel the aircraft from the tankers equipped with the aerial-refueling pods of both domestic and foreign production.


  • Refueling coupling;
  • Engagement warning system;
  • Pneumatic drive to open refueling valves of the nozzle assembly/refueling pod drogue;
  • Output fuel pressure regulator;
  • Structural fuse of the refueling coupling;
  • Emergency retraction system for the refueling coupling.


  • Maximum refueling rate is up to 2500 l/min.

Year of development: 2006


MiG-29E, MiG-29МST, MiG-29К/КUB, Su-24, Su-30MKI and Su-35.

Source zvezda-npp.ru

1150 liter Drop Tank

Michael Polyakov

Aero India 2007 launch

The final version of MiG-35 was displayed for the first time at Aero India 2007. The prototype of the MiG-35 had been shown to the public in 2005 at air shows in Russia and the UK. MiG-35 is a contender to the Eurofighter Typhoon, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, JAS 39 Gripen and F-16 Falcon for the bid of more than 126 multirole combat aircraft worth $10bn to be procured by the Indian Air Force in Indian MRCA competition.

Mikoyan will commence production of the MiG-35 fighter at the Sokol aviation plant in Russia in 2013 or 2014 as part of the bid.

Operators: Here

First pic of Egyptian MiG 35 fighter jet with a naval camouflage

MiG-35 in Egyptian air force livery seen testing: Here


NickJ 1972

The MiG-35 can climb at the rate of 330m/s. Its maximum speed is 2,400km/h. The normal and ferry range of the aircraft are 2,000km and 3,100km respectively. The service ceiling is 17,500m. The aircraft weighs around 11,000kg and its maximum take-off weight is 29,700kg.

MiG-35 Multifunctional frontline fighter

MiG-35D Two-seat multifunctional frontline fighter

Specification roe.ru

Main material source airforce-technology.com

Images are from public domain unless otherwise stated

Main image by Mikhail Polyakov

Revised May 20, 2017

Updated Feb 28, 2021

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  2. Nicky

    I don’t think the Philippines can afford 2nd hand F-16’s or F/A-18 C/D with their Current Budget. They might as well look to Russia for MIG-29’s in the Indian Air force configuration or MIG-35’s.The Other option is Mirage 2000’s from France. At least with the Mirage 2000, it would give them something to stand on on.



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