100 MiG-35 fighters can go to India

The Indian Air Force is seriously considering the possibility of signing a contract worth more than $ 5 billion for the purchase of over 100 units of the latest Russian MiG-35 4 ++ generation fighters, writes the American Military Watch, citing publications in the Indian media.

According to Indians, a preliminary agreement was reached after the Aero India 2021 air show, at which detailed negotiations took place between the Indian military and representatives of Rosoboronexport.

New Delhi aims to expand its fleet of modern fighter aircraft, increasing the number of such squadrons to 42 by 2035. India wants to remove from service the obsolete Soviet MiG-21 (about 150 units) and the French Mirage 2000 (about 50 units).

This means that the country will need to acquire at least 15 new squadrons over the next 14 years. At the same time, in December 2019, India removed 60 MiG-27 units from service ahead of schedule, which further complicated the implementation of an already ambitious task.

Indian experts expect the MiG-35 to become the main fighter of the Indian Air Force along with the locally made light Tejas. The ultra-modern MiG-35 is very promising, it has relatively low operating costs and maintenance requirements, and it can also use the infrastructure of the MiG-29 fighters in service with the Indian Air Force (more than 60 units). Therefore, the MiG-35 with a high degree of probability will be in service with the Indians for quality counteraction to the Chinese and Pakistani aviation.

The MiG-35 unconditionally surpasses anything that the Pakistani Air Force can oppose and is on a par with the advanced designs of China. Russia's willingness to let India produce the fighter under license virtually guarantees the success of the business. In addition, the Indians are eyeing the fifth generation Su-57 heavy fighter, but this is probably a more distant prospect than buying a MiG-35 in the near future, the US media summed up.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 14 February 2021 14: 19
    Main flight characteristics of the MiG-35 / MiG-35D:
    Crew - 1 or 2 people
    Maximum takeoff weight - 24 kg
    Maximum external load - 6 kg
    Maximum thrust - up to 18 kgf
    Maximum speed - 2 km / h
    Practical ceiling - 16 000 m
    Maximum operational overload - 9G.
    Range: 2 000 km

    For India, this is the perfect plane. "From good, good is not sought."
    1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) 14 February 2021 14: 56
      If we also consider that the MiG-35 is equipped with a radar with AFAR and the most modern avionics complex, which is not inferior to the best Western models, then the Indians really made the right choice !!!
  2. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
    Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 14 February 2021 15: 23
    We are waiting for the most important thing - the replacement of the phrase "can go" to the word "went". But with this replacement, most often the trouble. request
  3. ustal51 Offline ustal51
    ustal51 (Alexander) 14 February 2021 15: 24
    Or they may not go ...
    1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) 14 February 2021 16: 14
      Let's not get ahead of the events, as they say, wait and see !!!
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 February 2021 23: 54
    Maybe it can't, Grandma said in two.

    While the Mig 35 is unlucky, neither we, nor overseas do not buy. especially.

    And by the way, the military sites claim that AFAR has only the Su 57.
    A lot of PR, little AFAR.
  5. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
    Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 15 February 2021 06: 31
    Very often, potential buyers have recently ended all contracts on this - they are considering, but they are acquiring a completely different technique!
  6. Azat Mambetov Offline Azat Mambetov
    Azat Mambetov (Azat Mambetov) 15 February 2021 11: 42
    They have 7 Fridays for the week. request