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$70 million
multi-role fighter
one or two
2 x 19,840 lbs. ea.
24,250 lbs.
65,500 lbs.
1 - 30 mm
15,432 lbs.
56 ft. 9 in.
39 ft. 4 in.
760 mph
1,491 mph
65,000 fpm
57,400 feet
1,245 miles

Mikoyan MiG-35

Mikoyan MiG-35

The Mikoyan MiG-35 multi role front line fighter was first shown to the public on Jan. 12, 2007. The project had been under development since 1986.

Historically, Russia has been the IAF (Indian Air Force) supplier of front line aircraft. Most recently HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.) has obtained the rights to manufacture the engines used in the MiG-35.

The Mikoyan MiG-35 has the ability to perform extreme aerobatic maneuvers.

Advanced computerized avionics in control of fly by wire flight surfaces combined with thrust vectoring give the aircraft a speed range from 0 mph forward speed to supersonic, all the while maintaining the maneuverability to simultaneously evade enemy missiles while engaging numerous targets. The MiG-35 can deliver up to 15,432 lbs. of ordnance against air, ground and maritime targets with pinpoint accuracy.

In the cockpit, the Zhuk-AE IFF radar system can perform numerous functions simultaneously to enhance the combat environment. Optoelectronic systems incorporate combat overview, satellite down linking of command and control mode and ground tracking functions, radar jamming, and BVR technology.

We are told by the manufacturer that the Mikoyan MiG-35 can out perform the most advanced United States air superiority fighters.

Although its primary mission is air superiority, the aircraft is also capable of performing strike missions, and therefore is more of a multi role fighter.

The Mikoyan MiG-35 has the ability to simultaneously attack over 10 aircraft. It is armed with a 30 mm cannon, and can carry a multitude of short, medium and long-range missiles.

Flying the MiG- 35

Test Pilot Report (First Flight - English translation):

"I test tracked the Mikoyan MiG-35 to check the ground handling. There was plenty of control with which to aim it, so I called the tower for permission to head to the active runway.

Except for a marginal cross-wind, conditions were perfect. The aircraft immediately responded to throttle inputs, with out the normal spool-up time of most jets.

I lined the Mikoyan MiG-35 up with the centerline of the runway. I added power, steered the aircraft in a straight line.

When take-off speed was reached I pulled back on the elevators. Nothing! I applied more elevator and it finally started to lift off the runway. And none too soon!

I was pulling back on the controls to the maximum and added up trim too. This was a little more than I needed, so I proceeded to trim the aircraft as best I could for straight and level flight

Soon the aircraft was flying well, considering the elevator trim was up to keep the nose from dropping. Rolls were very axial, and stall turns were performed with ease. The engines have enormous power and I could have climbed straight up. But, I had to consider my "up elevator" and the fact that I was going to need it for landing.

I set up a landing approach over the runway to see what would happen. In full landing configuration the MiG-35 slowed down and started to head for the ground, but under complete control. I then decided it was safe enough to go around and set up for a full-stop landing. It had the same results as the higher altitude pass....nose high and a landing with only a small bounce.

My report to the engineers was that the aircraft acted as if it were nose heavy. All controls were functioning within normal parameters.

Following up.......The engineers adjusted the computer controls to compensate for the condition. Further testing showed that the Mikoyan MiG-35 turns sharply, with no unintentional tendency to stall and spin. It holds its headings in high alpha flight with ease down to walking speeds. I am looking forward to more flights."

Mikoyan MiG-35
Mikoyan MiG-35 - Parkjets

We only know of one Mikoyan MiG-35 plan you can easily find. It is a foamy pusher prop park flyer pictured above. It has a wingspan of 26.5". Plans are available at Parkjets.com. Power can come from any variety of small, pusher prop motors. Note that most of the plans at Parkjets are for foam components. However, it seems that there have been several builds on their site recently that are of balsa construction.

Pictured below is the Mikoyan MiG-35 built by Ian Smith. It has a wingspan of 72" and a length of 108". Ian powers his model with two Jet Cat 120 turbines. All up weight is about 40 lbs.

The bottom picture is of the Mikoyan MiG-35 from UKR Jet. It is 1:7 scale with a wingspan of 67 1/2" and a fuselage length of 91". Twin P60 turbines are recommended for power.

Mikoyan MiG-35
Mikoyan MiG-35 - Smith

Mikoyan MiG-35
Mikoyan MiG-35 - UKR

RC Groups talks about a Mikoyan MiG-35 from Fen Yang. However we can't find anything about a Fen Yang Company that produces RC Airplanes.

We have heard about a EPP 30" wingspan Mikoyan MiG-35 from NitroPlanes. However, we have not seen it on their site.

Al Curtiss of Kerrville, TX writes:
"The Mikoyan MiG-35 pusher park flyer is an honest, docile and straightforward flier. Mine is equipped with a LSPJ motor with a 3S pack, swinging a 6.5 x 5 prop. Loops, rolls, and landings are a breeze. I highly recommend it." Thank you, Al, for the information about your Mikoyan MiG-35.

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