MW: Why Russian MiG-35s are not involved in Ukraine

At the China International Aviation and Space Exhibition in Zhuhai, which took place from November 8 to 13, Russia showed four of its combat aircraft: heavy Su-34, Su-35 and Su-57, as well as a light MiG-35. However, the presence of the MiG-35 there raised the question of why the latest high-tech Russian fighter is not involved in the NWO in Ukraine, writes the American publication Military Watch.

Attention was drawn to the fact that only 6 MiG-35 units are in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces. At the same time, plans to acquire a fleet of 35 or more such fighters are becoming more and more vague, which, as it were, hints at the difficulties in the survivability of the RAC MiG JSC program. Against this background, orders for the production of the same Su-34, Su-35 and Su-57 from JSC Sukhoi Company look like a contrast.

Although the MiG-35 was first introduced in 2007, it was put into service only in 2019, since the lack of interest of the Russian Aerospace Forces in fighter classes of this weight category was largely the reason for the delay.

- says the publication.

MW believes that the MiG-35 requires 80% less maintenance than its predecessor, the MiG-29, but is still less cost-effective than the Su-34, Su-35 and even the Su-57 because it has a shorter range, combat load and radar, which limit its usefulness in a potential war with NATO. Russia's considerable strategic depth and lack of need for fighters capable of operating from makeshift airstrips near the front lines for which the MiG-35 is optimized means that much of the aircraft's production will be devoted to export orders, if the program succeeds at all. Moreover, the prospects for the MiG-35 have further deteriorated due to the start of development of the next generation Su-75 Checkmate light fighter, which was introduced in 2021.

Although the Su-57 is also operated in small numbers, this fighter has been widely used for operations against Ukrainian forces, including to suppress air defenses and possibly, although this has not been confirmed, in air combat. The absence of the MiG-35 may well reflect the very limited place of non-heavyweight fighters in the Russian Aerospace Forces, as well as a greater emphasis on gaining combat experience by pilots operating the Su-57 and other aircraft that are considered much more important for the defense of the Russian Federation.

- emphasized in the article.

However, according to the publication, the MiG-35 is well suited for missions in Ukraine, since its relatively limited range is not a hindrance in this case. In addition, the emphasis on electronic warfare capabilities, sophisticated sensors and high-precision weapons make the MiG-35 potentially lethal, especially at long ranges, and despite the decrease in the performance of the Zhuk-M radar compared to the radar on the Su-57, which limits the usefulness in suppressing enemy air defense. But the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation demonstrates frank distrust of this fighter.

While keeping new classes of fighters out of the conflict has its advantages in depriving adversaries of the opportunity to assess their strength, the absence of the MiG-35 in Ukraine seems to be much more due to the neglect of the Russian Aerospace Forces for the class of such aircraft and the lack of interest in its evolution. . But this extermination program may well have an export future. However, the future of this class of aircraft in the Russian Aerospace Forces is far from promising, since its status during the NWO is a clear indicator

- summed up the media.
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  1. Alex P Offline Alex P
    Alex P (Alex Putorashkin) 15 November 2022 15: 53
    What about the meaning? The difference in maintenance and operation, the need to retrain the flight crew at the base airfields of the aviation involved in the NWO, the lack of plans for the development and purchase of vehicles makes their use pointless
    1. Dimax-nemo Offline Dimax-nemo
      Dimax-nemo (Dmitriy) 17 November 2022 13: 58
      The MiG-29 is actually still in service, and not only in the navy. The lack of procurement and development plans is entirely on the conscience of Rostec and the Moscow Region. Although there were once plans for as many as two hundred MiG-35s. The then commander-in-chief understood that it was somewhat stupid to put lieutenants from schools right away on a fighter for 80-100 million dollars.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 15 November 2022 16: 51
    1000 times already discussed.
    They wrote on VO - at a price of almost SU, but in terms of performance characteristics it is much inferior. Nobody ordered it from behind the hillock, it turns out ....

    And the MIG is completely in decline ...
    1. Dimax-nemo Offline Dimax-nemo
      Dimax-nemo (Dmitriy) 17 November 2022 13: 56
      Excuse me, in WHAT performance characteristics is the MiG inferior to the Su-30, for example? Range of flight? Now further 20-50 km. behind the front line and do not meddle. Combat load? In a situation where you have to dodge missiles, the full one is never used. Even in Vietnam, the Americans established that 4 "1000-pound" tanks are enough to complete a typical combat mission. Those. 4 "five hundred". But it has a very strong effect that the Su-30 needs TWO pilots, and the total order of these only slightly exceeded 100 pieces. Now all this needs to be smeared with a thin layer for 2000 km. front.
      The price now depends on the avionics equipment. The MiG-29M cost about 1,1 billion rubles at domestic prices, the Su-30 and Su-34 - about 1,5 billion each, the Su-35 and Su-57 - more than two billion. They were ready to supply MiG abroad for 45 million dollars + -, Su - more than 80 million. If we talk about the MiG-35, then at least in theory there is an AFAR for it. Neither the Su-30 nor the Su-35 have one yet.
      It was not just that in Soviet times they adopted the concept of two fighters. And it's not just that the vast majority of fighters in other air forces are not F-15s.
  3. DO Offline DO
    DO (Dmitriy) 17 November 2022 07: 17
    The most popular aircraft in the NWO from the Russian side were Su-25 attack aircraft. However, they were shot down most of all, and these machines turned out to have more pilots with a sad fate.
    So why not modify the MiG-35 into an unmanned attack aircraft? The main problem here is that for the "consumable", which will be an unmanned attack aircraft, two engines are too expensive. We need one engine, perhaps more powerful.
    1. Dimax-nemo Offline Dimax-nemo
      Dimax-nemo (Dmitriy) 17 November 2022 13: 59
      The Su-25 is in storage almost as much as in service. If we could mass-produce drone control systems capable of replacing a living pilot, then the Su-25 would not be so needed.
      1. DO Offline DO
        DO (Dmitriy) 27 November 2022 18: 28
        If we could mass-produce drone control systems,

        The ten thousand copies of electronic devices required today for the Russian military aircraft fleet can be provided by today's Russian factories. After all, these are not household smartphones that the West and China churn out by the millions at mass-produced robot factories.

        capable of replacing a living pilot

        Of course, it is desirable to replace a live pilot with a completely autonomous on-board computer, for any combat missions. However, today it is really possible, first of all, the autonomous task of flying a robot along a given route. For work on the deep rear of the enemy, the relevance of which was revealed in the course of the NMD, these could be the following tasks:
        - delivery of autonomous kamikaze drones to the deep rear of the enemy, and dropping them at a given point, with the trajectory of the carrier aircraft with enveloping the terrain, and in dangerous places with anti-aircraft maneuver;
        - delivery of guided bombs, including planning bombs, to the deep rear of the enemy; an unmanned aircraft can fly at maximum altitude, if necessary, using a hump maneuver and additional rocket boosters to achieve it. Guidance of dropped bombs can be transmitted to small-sized drones delivered to the target in advance.

        and the Su-25 would not be so needed

        In general, it is realistic to first modify old aircraft that are close to decommissioning into drones. In addition to the old Su-27 and MiG-25, these can be extremely worn out Su-24s and Su-25s. And since drones for transporting ammunition to the rear are food for enemy air defense, consumables, sooner or later they will have to be replenished with new drones. These may be Su-75s for high-altitude flights; to go around the terrain, let's hope that the MiG Design Bureau will master single-engine unmanned modifications of the MiG-35 in mass production.
        However, in the future, military conflicts with NATO countries, which are armed with many manned fighters, are not ruled out. At first, they can be opposed by the old Su-27, Su-25 drones with explosive missiles, controlled by two-pilot new Su-30, MiG-35.
  4. Video 2 Offline Video 2
    Video 2 17 November 2022 13: 01
    Actually, MW is an American edition, and at the moment, they can be impartial.
    It is quite possible that the plane is not successful, but they will write: "a good plane, but the Moscow Region and Shoigu are stupid and vice versa
    1. Dimax-nemo Offline Dimax-nemo
      Dimax-nemo (Dmitriy) 17 November 2022 14: 01
      The point is not how successful the MiG-29 (although its "success" was confirmed by the results of state tests and the decision to adopt) and the MiG-35 (it is, in fact, a modernization, the same as the Su-35). The fact is that factories located in Moscow, on a very "tasty" land, are involved in the production of the MiG. And the fact that once, a very long time ago, the leadership of the RAC MiG screwed up in "marketing", and Poghosyan managed to take advantage of this.
  5. Alexander Ponamarev (Alexander Ponamarev) 26 November 2022 17: 22
    Isn't Serdyukov now in charge of the Sukhoi and MIG design bureaus ???