Military Watch: Why India needs to seriously think about buying Russian MiG-35


After the confrontation between the Indian and Chinese military in the Galvan valley in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas in June 2020, India needs to seriously think about buying the Russian MiG-35, writes the American edition of Military Watch.


For warfare in the highlands, light fourth-generation light multi-purpose fighters of the fourth generation MiG-29 are well suited, of which India has more than 170 pieces, 45 of them in the fleet. Because of their outstanding qualities, these machines are popular and exported since the 80s. In 2011, Russia began the modernization of the Indian Air Force fighters to the MiG-29UPG version. The aircraft received new engines, radar, navigation system, the possibility of refueling in the air and an expanded range of weapons.

Therefore, on July 2, 2020, India urgently ordered 21 upgraded MiG-29Ms from Russia for $ 1 billion from Russia. In addition, New Delhi will spend another $ 1,35 billion on the purchase of 12 Su-30MKIs from Moscow. India has over 250 of these fighters.

China has not yet deployed the latest fifth-generation J-20 combat vehicles at the Indian borders. Beijing limited itself to the transfer of J-16 fighters to the border, which are the modernization of the Su-30MKK, previously delivered by Russia. They surpass the MiG-29UPG and Su-30MKI in their performance characteristics and operational qualities, so the Indians were in a difficult position.

Now India feels an urgent need for a new generation of aircraft, and the MiG-35 is well suited for this role. MiG-35 - fighter generation 4 ++, which will remove technological break with China.

This is the world's foremost and only light fighter with integrated powerful electronic warfare systems, and engines with a variable thrust vector. It has low maintenance and a wide arsenal of ammunition superior to Chinese. It is ideal for basing and action in high altitude conditions.

For India, this will be a profitable investment, given the importance of the border region. Moreover, Moscow is ready to help with the organization of licensed production of the MiG-35 in Indian territory.
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  1. _AMUHb_ Offline
    _AMUHb_ (_AMUHb_) 11 July 2020 16: 25
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    A proverb went around the USSR: the Indian elephant is the younger brother of the Soviet elephant! (which do not exist in nature.) And they are closer to me than the ungrateful Chinese (how much the USSR was made for them ... and what did we get?), nevertheless ... the Chinese took for the tactics: "beat your own, so that strangers (the Anglo-Saxons - they thought they were afraid of their "lackeys"). " In addition to the deal, my wretched opinion also helped the unofficial. And in the case of aggression by the “yellow-handed” they got the likeness of “Black Thursday” on April 12, 1951. Yet the “heroes” in the Russian land who fought against universal evil did not extinct.
  2. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 11 July 2020 18: 44
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    Military Watch: Why India needs to seriously think about buying Russian MiG-35

    - Ha, the Americans have already begun to think for Russia and India ...

    Now India feels an urgent need for a new generation of aircraft, and the MiG-35 is well suited for this role. The MiG-35 is a 4 ++ generation fighter that will help bridge the technological gap with China.

    - Yes, really ... - The MiG-35 for Russia turned out to be ... mmmm ... - "an extra plane" ... - it simply has nowhere to "attach" ... - as if it was specially "exported" made...
    - Well, for the Indians, he’s just right ...

    -For India, this will be a profitable investment, given the importance of the border region. Moreover, Moscow is ready to help with the organization of licensed production of the MiG-35 in Indian territory.

    - But why the hell again

    Moscow is ready to help with the organization of licensed production of the MiG-35 in Indian territory.

    ??? - Well, we would have done and delivered ... even to India; at least to anyone ... - there are those who wish ...