In Russia, work is underway to create a new platform for operational tactical aviation, after which a new light front-line fighter should appear. This information was commented by Victor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine.
66-year-old reserve colonel, member of the Expert Council of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, expert of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs and the Izborsk Club RIA News"that in his opinion this fighter should become single-engine and be located in the export niche between the MiG-35 and Yak-130 to enhance competition in the world market.
We see that in comparison with foreign light fighters, the same MiG-35 can be called light with a stretch. Rather, it is already competing with the Su-35. The new operational tactical aircraft should be single-engine and located in a niche between the MiG-35 and the Yak-130
- said Murakhovsky.
At the same time, at the end of 2019, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) informed the agency that a new export version of the MiG-35 fighter with an updated cockpit was being created. The export version will have a different glider geometry and an updated version of the airborne radar equipment.
At the same time, the MiG corporation placed an order worth 4 million rubles on the “aerodynamic calculation of a light multi-functional front-line twin-engine aircraft” on the government procurement portal. Implementation of the project is scheduled for the period 2020-2025.