Mikoyan MiG-35


The Mikoyan MiG-35 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-35, NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB technology. It is classified as a 4++ generation jet fighter by Mikoyan. The first prototype was a modification of the aircraft that previously served as MiG-29M2 model demonstrator. 10 prototypes have been built so far and are currently subject to extensive field trials.


MiG Corporation first officially presented the MiG-35 internationally during the Aero India 2007 air show. The MiG-35 was officially unveiled when the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergey Ivanov, visited Lukhovitsky Machine Building Plant “MAPO-MIG”. The single seat version is designated MiG-35 and the two-seat version is MiG-35D. The fighter has vastly improved avionics and weapon systems, notably the new AESA radar and the uniquely designed Optical Locator System (OLS), relieves the aircraft from relying on ground-controlled interception (GCI) systems and enables it to conduct independent multi-role missions.


The MiG-35/MiG-35D exhibits the latest advancements on MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 fighters in combat efficiency enhancement, universality and operational characteristics improvement. The main features of the new design are the fifth-generation information-sighting systems, compatibility with Russian and foreign origin weapons application and an integrated variety of defensive systems to increase combat survivability. The new overall design overtakes the design concepts of the baseline model and enables the new aircraft to conduct full-scale multi-role missions as their western counterparts.

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

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. @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.  @ato.ru

mig35cockpit2Front seat mig35cockpitRear seat 

New avionics are intended to help the MiG-35 to gain air superiority as well as to perform all-weather precision ground strikes, aerial reconnaissance with opto-electronic and radar equipment and to conduct complex joint missions.

7a44f3c8d5eb650cOLS-UEM opto-electronicOLS-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. (deagel.com)

OLS-K -The NPK-SPP OLS-K is an state-of-the-art electro-optical targeting systemSOAR – one on engine’s gondola  It detects rocket launches and shows the direction from which the missile is comingSOAR – 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

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. (secretprojects.co.uk)

Other technological improvements were also introduced to enhance the aircraft’s ability to conduct independent operations. For example, an airborne oxygen generation plant was added. RAC MiG and the Italian company GEM-Elettronica signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide the MIG-35 with a new multifunction self-protection jammer.

DSC_0155cfiad-sweaitehvcfiaeswxeaee3idIMG_0684-c4ef9e9a5dc3c40f23f739f8a09bc756T220 targeting pod

On bmpd’s website, may 2014, they noted that the T220 targeting pod model was ordered by OAO NPK SPP (Joint Stock Company, “Scientific and Production Corporation Precision Instruments System” – «Научно-производственная корпорация «Системы прецизионного приборостроения») from a model company in Russia.  They ordered a full-size demonstration pod which is intended to be carried on the MiG-29SMT, MiG-29M/M2 (MiG-35) and Su-35S.  The pod is 2.4 meters long with a diameter of .37 meters. I couldn’t find any information on the T220 on NPK-SPP’s website; however that company also makes the OLS-35 and various other infrared/optics for aircraft, spacecraft, and navy ships. (shokidriver.blogspot.com)

DSC_0153этот видимо что-то типа “КС-О” (This probably something like “CSR”) @lans2.livejournal.comDSC_0146 ну а это видимо МСП-418 (well, it seems to SMEs 418k )  @lans2.livejournal.com.  MSP-418K Kedr (cedar)active jamming pod mig-35-4


In April 2014, it was reported that Egypt plans to order 24 MiG-35 fighters as part of an arms deal. MiG head Sergei Korotkov said at the 2015 Aero India exposition they will provide the fighters if Egypt orders them and are ready to negotiate. Russia agreed on a contract with Egypt for 46 MiG-35 fighters and is expected to be worth up to $2 billion. Russia plans to supply the Egyptian MiG-35s with 40 high precision targeting pods. Deliveries would begin in 2016.




The most important changes are the Phazotron Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the RD-33MK engines and the newly designed Optical Locator System, OLS-35.

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 Ramenskoye Design Company will act as systems integrator.

m02008032100022Zhuk-AE active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar

The MiG-35 has been testing the new Zhuk-AE/FGA-35 modified radar with AESA which is based on active phased array-based radio Photonics” (ROFAR) see details: HERE

MAKS2013part7-37-M Zhuk-AE/FGA-35 modified radar with AESA @vitalykuzmin.net

With new radar the PAK FA fighter can detect any stealth aircraft: HERE


The RD-33MK “Morskaya Osa” (Russian: Морская Оса, literally: “Sea Wasp” or Chironex fleckeri) was installed by the new modification. It is the latest version of the RD-33 and was intended to power the MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB. It has 7% more power compared to the baseline model due to the use of modern materials in the cooled blades, providing a higher thrust of 9,000 kgf. In response to earlier criticism, the new engines are smokeless and include systems that reduce infrared and optical visibility. The engines may be fitted with vectored-thrust nozzles, which would result an increase in combat efficiency by 12% to 15%.

RD33MKD-33MK “Morskaya Osa”

RD-33OVT engine variant comes with thrust vectoring nozzles, and can direct thrust in two directions or planes. As of 2012, the only in-service, in-production fighter jet using this technology is Su-35. Other current thrust-vectoring aircraft, such as the Su-30MKI and the F-22, have nozzles that each vector in one plane.

MiG-35_MAKS-2009_(5)RD-33OVT engine variant with thrust vectoring nozzles


New modifications include the newly rolled-out Phazotron Zhuk-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.

 FGA-35(Now is labeled as FGA-29) 700mm antenna 1016 T/R(see above for new radar)


The MiG-35 is under development and specification data may change.

Data from Mikoyan MiG-29M2 basic dimensions, airforce-technology,deagel.com, and Aero India,

General characteristics



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112207265_large_1989x31pAS-17 Krypton air-to-surface missile Solid fuel rocket in initial stage, ramjet for rest of trajectory Kh-31A: 25 km–103 km (13.5–55.6 nmi;  Kh-31P: up to 110 km (60 nmi; 70 mi) Kh-31A/P: 2,160-2,520 km/h (1,340–1,570 mph) MA-31: Mach 2.7 (low), Mach 3.5 (high) Kh-31A: inertial guidance withactive radar homing Kh-31P: inertial with passive radarkh (3)_agohThe Kh-29T (Russian: Х-29; NATO: AS-14 ‘Kedge’; GRAU: 9M721) is a Soviet air-to-surface missile with a range of 10–30 km. It has a large warhead of 320 kg, has a choice of laser, infrared, active radar or TV guidance. Kh-29L (Russian: Х-29; NATO: AS-14 ‘Kedge’; GRAU:9M721) is a Soviet air-to-surface missile with a range of 10–30 km.
WIP_Kab500L_2KAB-500L: 500 kg laser-guided bombMAKS_2009_0062KAB-500T: 500 kg TV-guided bomb


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Source: wiki/from the net/and those stated above

Updated Oct 19, 2016

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Latest update Russia signed a contract to procure MiG-35s in August which is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2016

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6 thoughts on “Mikoyan MiG-35

  1. Pingback: Mig-35 Jet Fighters To Receive Platform-Less Inertial Navigation System | thaimilitaryandasianregion

  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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