Why the MiG-35 light fighter should get a second chance


At the World Defense Show 2024 arms exhibition taking place in Saudi Arabia, Russia will present three military aircraft at once. UAC will show picky foreign customers the military transport Il-76MD-90A, as well as two fighters - the Su-75 Checkmate and the MiG-35.


Increasing production volumes of Il-76 for the needs of the Russian Armed Forces against the backdrop of losses of aircraft of this type during the Northern Military District in Ukraine is a topic for a separate serious discussion. In this publication I would like to focus attention on the promising Russian fighters that we once decided to compare. It just so happened that these two aircraft, belonging to the light and middle class, respectively, could make a significant contribution to the demilitarization of Square.

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Just the day before we looked at problems, which the Russian Aerospace Forces had to face during the military operation. The most serious of them are the need to operate in conditions of unsuppressed air defense of the enemy, who is under active militarytechnical assistance with reconnaissance and target designation is provided by the entire NATO aerospace group, as well as the relative small number of the Russian aviation fleet.

Yes, the Russian Federation is still head and shoulders above Ukraine in combat aviation, but in this component it is traditionally inferior to the NATO bloc. This cannot but cause concern in view of the fact that the North Atlantic Alliance is already actively exploring forms of legalizing its presence on the territory of Independence in the form of a certain expeditionary force or "peacekeepers". It would also be criminally frivolous to ignore the obvious military preparations of some countries in Eastern and Northern Europe for direct clash with Russia in a conventional form.

The promising light fighter Su-75 could play an important role both in the demilitarization of Ukraine and in the task of containing the aggressiveness of the Young Europeans, whom the “Western partners” will set against us when the offensive potential of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is exhausted, and here’s why.

Created using Checkmate stealth technology, it is barely noticeable on enemy radars. The aircraft was initially designed so that it could have an unmanned version, which is most suitable for carrying out air strikes with gliding bombs outside the range of medium-radius air defense. The integration of the “faithful wingman” technology, tested on the S-70 Okhotnik UAV, will allow the use of unmanned Su-75s in conjunction with manned ones, which would reduce the severity of the problem with the need to train a large number of combat pilots.

Checkmate will operate in the skies over Ukraine, and also, possibly, over Eastern and Northern Europe. The presence of one engine, unlike two in the Su-75, will not be a problem, but, on the contrary, an advantage, since it will reduce the cost of production and subsequent operation. The maximum degree of unification of the Su-75 light fighter with its terrible brother allows us to count on the fact that the aircraft from the exhibition mock-up will actually be implemented in hardware and fly in the very near future.

Again thirty five


Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that the UAC also brought a mock-up of the MiG-35 to the exhibition in Riyadh. In the conditions of the dominance of “sushi”, functionaries from the military-industrial complex and officials in uniform from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation still cannot decide whether Russia needs this promising aircraft or not.

The MiG-35 is unique in its own way, since it is our first fighter that has been converted from a carrier-based fighter to a land-based one, and not vice versa, as is customary. During the late USSR, horizontal take-off and landing aircraft were required to equip heavy aircraft-carrying cruisers. Sukhoi developed the Su-27K heavy fighter, later renamed the Su-33, and MiG designed a multi-role aircraft for both air and surface operations, primarily against sea targets, based on the MiG-29M light fighter. It was modified to take off from a springboard and land on the deck using a hook, and was equipped with a wing folding mechanism.

A further development of the project was the carrier-based fighters MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB, developed by order of the Indian Navy, which acquired our former TAVKR Admiral Gorshkov, rebuilt into the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya. These aircraft also found a place on the deck of the last Russian heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser, Admiral Kuznetsov.

The MiG-35 fighter and its two-seat version, the MiG-35D, are the product of a deep modernization of the MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB. Engineers significantly simplified its design by removing deck “stuff” such as a hook and a wing folding mechanism, and optimized the aerodynamics of the fuselage, reducing radar signature. Engines have become more economical, and in the single-seat version of the MiG-35 an additional fuel tank is installed in the cockpit. This made it possible to increase the maximum flight range to 3100 km, which brought it closer to 3600 km for the Su-35.


Thanks to the ability to install a modern radar with AFAR, avionics and avionics, the Russian fighter rightfully belongs to the “4++” generation. It can use all types of existing aircraft weapons, including laser-guided precision munitions and long-range missiles. The on-board equipment is built on a modular principle, which allows it to be flexibly modernized and improved. The big advantage of the MiG-35, inherited from carrier-based aircraft, is its reinforced airframe and wing design, which allows the installation of heavy, large-sized ammunition. Robust deck landing gear allows the fighter to easily land on the ground, road or on a damaged runway. The aircraft, originally designed for operation from an aircraft carrier, is as unpretentious and autonomous as possible.

Overall, this is an excellent front-line fighter for the war that is already underway, and the one that may begin soon. But only a few of them were actually produced. And this despite the fact that there is a component base and two factories where aircraft could be mass-produced. Why?

Having familiarized himself with the modernized fighter, President Putin back in 2017 noted the great potential of the MiG-35:

This is a really interesting, unique car. I also very much hope that our army will be significantly strengthened by this machine.

And then somehow it happened that Sukhoi became almost a monopolist, if we take into account the MiG products previously produced and delivered to the troops. Without in any way questioning the quality of the “dryers,” I would like to draw attention to the fact that in war conditions, the Russian Aerospace Forces need many modern and competitive combat aircraft. In the fall of 2023, it became known that the MiG-35 also began to be used during the SVO, as stated by the general designer of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Sergei Korotkov:

Today, in connection with the events that are taking place, the machine is already involved in all operations that are being carried out. Further test flights are yet to be completed before the Ministry of Defense will make a final decision.

The “final decision” is whether the Russian Ministry of Defense needs this aircraft or not. It seems that the answer is obvious, but UAC is now taking the MiG-35 along with the Su-75 to an exhibition in Saudi Arabia.
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  1. vik669 Offline vik669
    vik669 (vik669) 7 February 2024 13: 02
    +1
    The MiG-35 began to be created in the 2000s. The first rollout and flight of the MiG-35, created on the basis of the MiG-29M2, took place in January 2007. So in 2024 it should get a second chance - old age should be respected, but why shouldn’t the AN-2 get another chance? It’s not even funny at all, as it already is
  2. Beidodir Offline Beidodir
    Beidodir (Beidodir) 7 February 2024 13: 13
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    Quote: vik669
    The MiG-35 began to be created in the 2000s. The first rollout and flight of the MiG-35, created on the basis of the MiG-29M2, took place in January 2007. So in 2024 it should get a second chance - old age should be respected, but why shouldn’t the AN-2 get another chance? It’s not even funny at all, as it already is

    In what year was the Tu-160 developed?

    Tu-160 (factory designation: “product 70”, developer designation - “K”, in NATO classification - “Blackjack”) - Soviet and Russian intercontinental supersonic strategic bomber-missile carrier with a variable sweep wing (multi-mode), developed at the Tupolev Design Bureau in 1970s.

    By your logic, the Tu-160M2 is not needed, right?

    The first newly produced Tu-160M ​​made its maiden flight in Kazan on January 12, 2022, and in December 2022, the second newly produced Tu-160M ​​was transferred to the test station. By the summer of 2023, the first Tu-160M ​​entered the joint state testing program, and the second machine entered factory flight tests, followed by state tests and preparation for delivery to the Russian Air Force. By the end of 2023, the vehicles will be transferred to long-range aviation.

    According to your logic, the F-16 is a useless piece of junk?

    The F-16 Fighting Falcon (literally “fighting falcon”, named after the mascot of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs) is an American fourth-generation multirole light fighter.
    Developed in 1974 by General Dynamics. Put into operation in 1978. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to Lockheed Corporation (now Lockheed Martin). The F-16, due to its versatility and relatively low cost, is the most popular fourth-generation fighter (over 2018 aircraft were built as of June 4604) and enjoys success in the international arms market (it is in service with 25 countries; in 2019 it was the most common combat aircraft in the world). The last of the 2231 F-16s for the US Air Force were delivered to the customer in 2005.
    1. vik669 Offline vik669
      vik669 (vik669) 7 February 2024 14: 16
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      On August 23, 1948, the aircraft, designated An-2, was adopted by the Air Force and supplied to the Civil Air Fleet. And what do we have on 02.2024? I actually dealt with MIG23/27 with MIG25/31 and with others, and that’s why I have a “scoop”, something to compare with, and someone to compare with, unlike armchair specialists and experts of all profiles! The young bearded old man MIG has no chance, thank God!
      1. Beidodir Offline Beidodir
        Beidodir (Beidodir) 7 February 2024 14: 41
        +1
        I actually dealt with MIG23/27 with MIG25/31 and with others, and that’s why I have a “scoop”, something to compare with, and someone to compare with, unlike armchair specialists and experts of all profiles! !

        What about the Mig-35? What is the expertise of judgment?

        The young bearded old man MIG has no chance, thank God!

        Not a single counterargument was given, except for references to unconfirmed expertise
    2. strange guest Online strange guest
      strange guest (Strange Guest) 7 February 2024 20: 55
      +1
      Well, only the lazy didn’t write here about the fact that Sokol is a useless piece of trash.
    3. JD1979 Offline JD1979
      JD1979 (Dmitriy) 7 February 2024 22: 47
      -2
      Not a single counterargument was given, except for references to unconfirmed expertise

      and except for the sheets of someone else’s copy-paste) which once again confirms the lack of basic knowledge and a tendency to flood.
  3. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 7 February 2024 13: 31
    +3
    whether the Russian Ministry of Defense needs this aircraft or not. It seems that the answer is obvious

    Obvious. If we can’t create anything more modern and relevant than the long-outdated and never-developed MIG-35, then yes, we should at least put it into production. It's better to have something than nothing. The question is, who will produce it and where? The author here wrote about some two factories. I wonder what he meant? Is there anything still left alive from the Moscow aircraft plant that produced MIGs, and from the MIG design bureau itself? And then, if even in our army a fighter can somehow replenish the far from dense ranks of our fighter aircraft, then the prospects of delivering it to foreign buyers are very unlikely.
  4. zloybond Offline zloybond
    zloybond (steppenwolf) 7 February 2024 13: 32
    +5
    The article is correct - the equipment may not be enough to resist the entire bloc in such a huge theater - the forces are probably unequal in quantitative terms. And perhaps for such articles it is necessary for the authors to involve pilots who have experience in operating such machines, and not listen to the opinion of “experts” - amateurs. I would respectfully listen to real people operating these machines.
  5. mark1 Offline mark1
    mark1 7 February 2024 14: 41
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    There is almost everything for the production of the Su-75 - capacity, trained personnel, engine, avionics (and everything is one way or another mass-produced in increasing volumes)
    For the production of the MiG-35 - there seems to be capacity (but small), personnel - probably (but small), an engine - as if (but small-scale), avionics - 6 sets were manufactured in some workshop. That is, tomorrow there will be no large series (and the day after tomorrow too), to organize large-scale production you need a lot of government money (Sukhoi swears that he does for his own) And to everything described - these are not equivalent aircraft, as someone might at first think.
    The conclusions are yours.
    1. Beidodir Offline Beidodir
      Beidodir (Beidodir) 7 February 2024 14: 49
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      For the production of the MiG-35 - there seems to be capacity (but small), personnel - probably (but small), an engine - as if (but small-scale), avionics - 6 sets were manufactured in some workshop. That is, tomorrow there will be no major series (and the day after tomorrow too), to organize large-scale production you need a lot of government money (Sukhoi swears that he does for his own)

      It's a matter of government orders. It will, everything else will follow. There will be no order, nothing will happen.
      P.S. and money for the war is printed on a machine, for which we pay with inflation. It would be better to eventually develop real aircraft production for cut paper, perhaps?
      1. mark1 Offline mark1
        mark1 7 February 2024 15: 53
        +3
        Quote: Beydodyr
        It's a matter of government orders. It will, everything else will follow.

        It’s precisely in PULL UP that there is a huge temporary difference (although everything can be distorted and leveled)
    2. vik669 Offline vik669
      vik669 (vik669) 7 February 2024 16: 18
      +3
      There is almost everything for the production of the Su-75 - power, trained personnel, engine, avionics - don’t tell me my slippers, who has what for you, what examples of at least serial and not paper engines for the SU-57 MS-21 and even AN- 2 is not enough, and the rest is nothing to be particularly proud of, because the Ministry of Industry and Trade is not the Ministry of Aviation Industry of the USSR when they even produced planes!
      1. Nelton Online Nelton
        Nelton (Oleg) 7 February 2024 16: 22
        +4
        Quote: vik669
        an example of at least serial and not paper engines

        AL-41F1 for the Su-35 is being produced quite vigorously.
        1. vik669 Offline vik669
          vik669 (vik669) 7 February 2024 18: 33
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          From this point on, it would be more detailed - for the SU-57, MS-21 and AN-2 and other ILs, etc., what about vigor, because there is no engine and the plane is mute! Or “in the field of ballet we are ahead of everyone else” we are buying Chinese cars and we will soon be buying planes from them!
          1. Nelton Online Nelton
            Nelton (Oleg) 7 February 2024 19: 27
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            Quote: vik669
            From this point on, it would be more detailed - for the SU-57, MS-21 and AN-2 and other ILs, etc., what about vigor, because there is no engine and the plane is mute!

            About vigor - this is not about all engines. according to open sources, in the normal series:

            AL-41F1 for Su-35 and as a temporary one for Su-57
            AL-31F for Su-34 and Su-30
            PS-90a1 for Il-76 and Tu-214.
            It is worth noting that the PS90a1 comes from the USSR, and is much inferior even to the PS90a2 (made on its basis with the help of the USA). It was stated that they made the PS90a3 without the help of the United States and no worse than the a2, but somehow the release of the a3 is not observed

            For the Su-57 - AL-51F1 - at the end of 2023 they reported that they had completed tests and would be installed on production aircraft.

            PD-14 for MS-21 - certification flights are underway.

            in January 2024, seven flights of the MS-21-310 prototype aircraft (board 73051) were carried out with a total duration of 30 hours and 12 minutes. The Aviation of Russia website was told by LIiDK of the Yakovlev Design Bureau that these flights continued to evaluate the parameters of PD-14 engines with updated software.

            PD-8 for SSJ, TV7-117 for Il-114 and TVRS-44, VK-800SM for Baikal.

            Here everything is much worse.

            PD-8 still does not risk starting flight tests. TV7-117 has been sent for revision. VK-800 is the same for a long time, there is no clear news.

            Quote: vik669
            we will soon pay for Chinese cars and airplanes

            No.
            China, with its own aircraft engines, is even more modest than ours; all their civil aircraft are equipped with Western engines; they haven’t even bothered to remotorize them, but they won’t sell us an airplane with Western engines.
      2. mark1 Offline mark1
        mark1 7 February 2024 16: 36
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        Quote: vik669
        don't tell me my slippers

        I don’t have the habit of communicating with slippers, especially strangers.
    3. vik669 Offline vik669
      vik669 (vik669) 7 February 2024 16: 34
      -4
      There is almost everything for the production of the Su-75 - well, it’s not at all funny that there is an engine, but there are no serial ones on either the SU-57 or the MS-21, and on the AN-2 too, well, the rest is no better, so except for the defective managers of the Ministry of Industry and Trade no and it’s not visible, this is not the USSR MAP, which riveted airplanes and other things like hot cakes.
  6. ear Offline ear
    ear (Sergey G) 7 February 2024 16: 15
    -3
    A single engine is always lighter and always cheaper than a dual engine. Everything is very simple here. It’s not for nothing that the single-engine F-16 is so popular. We will replace the Mig-35 with a twin-engine heavy Su. Single-engine Su Checkmate is the right solution.

    Mig-29, Mig-35 should go down in history.
    1. vik669 Offline vik669
      vik669 (vik669) 7 February 2024 16: 36
      +1
      The single-engine Su Checkmate is the right decision - what was not suggested before, they made two-engine ones... they sold out all over the world and now a lot of this is in... falling on our heads!
  7. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 7 February 2024 16: 31
    +1
    It’s strange to listen to such discussions about Soviet-era aircraft at the end of the first third of the 21st century. Yes, they will launch the MIG-35, Tu-160 into series in 5-7 years (at our pace), what we get at the end is that the enemy will fill out their 5+ generations, and our 4+ will go instead of new generations.. The strategy looks like a losing one, only for concepts - whatever happened. (This is our military-industrial complex and the Russian Defense Ministry). There is no way out here and is doomed to cross 4+++ to generation 5+ and 6, the generation of unmanned vehicles with AI. Without catching up, only defeat awaits us. There are all the prerequisites to even surpass it, but the burden in the form of today’s Russian Defense Ministry and military-industrial complex will not allow it.
  8. Alexey Lan Online Alexey Lan
    Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 7 February 2024 16: 34
    +4
    I suspect that the 75-35th sous and instant may well be approximately equivalent in some way. The question then is about money. Which one is cheaper in terms of price-quality ratio? Or: we won’t stand behind the price.
  9. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 7 February 2024 16: 34
    +3
    Happened 100 times already.
    Those who owe it have been forgiven a long time ago.
    Neither our VKS nor foreign ones take it.
    Because a smaller twin brother of the SU, but cost almost the same as the SU (prices were adjusted 3-4 years ago)
  10. Nordus Offline Nordus
    Nordus (Nordus) 7 February 2024 17: 20
    +1
    The Mig-35 is not a “light” fighter - it is almost twice as powerful as the Mig-29.
    There is no Tu-160M2 - there is one aircraft assembled from spare parts from Soviet times. There are spare parts for one more. That's all.
  11. Insolent in a jacket 7 February 2024 17: 42
    +1
    ...Yes, the Russian Federation is still head and shoulders above Ukraine in combat aviation, but in this component it is traditionally inferior to the NATO bloc. This cannot but cause concern in view of the fact that the North Atlantic Alliance is already actively exploring forms of legalizing its presence on the territory of Independence in the form of some kind of expeditionary force or “peacekeepers.” It would also be criminally frivolous to ignore the obvious military preparations of some countries of Eastern and Northern Europe for a direct clash with Russia in a conventional form...

    Of course, through “thorns,” but for our Air Force, in any case, new modern aircraft should be created. And launch into mass production as quickly as possible...

    However, it is unlikely that, even in the coming decades, in this area (Yes, that’s right, and not only in this!) we will be able to catch up and overtake NATO, and create more modern aircraft than theirs...
    Due to the well-known comprehensive lag of our military-industrial complex in the field of modern electronics, etc.
    Moreover, we will not be able to overtake them quantitatively... After all, the total fleet (of fighters only) is thousands of aircraft against our hundreds.
    Even if half is trash, it is still a formidable force...

    I completely agree, this should be alarming...
    If the Soviet and Russian armies have traditionally been strong in Artillery, then the Western Armies, starting with Hitler’s Wehrmacht, have always paid great, or rather, primary attention to gaining total air superiority... Both wars in Iraq, the operation against Yugoslavia, the conduct of hostilities by Israel - this (IMHO) - confirms very clearly...

    ...I hope I’m wrong, but with all the most modern level (both quantitative and qualitative) of our air defense, in the event of a serious military conflict with NATO, it is unlikely that we will be able to one hundred percent prevent them from dominating the air. (To put it mildly.)
    They will simply overwhelm you with numbers. Since it is unlikely that there are enough power supplies for our anti-aircraft systems to effectively neutralize their aircraft...
    But there will also be cruise and ballistic missiles, MLRS of the Hymers type, and UPLs (the most modern ones).
    By the end of the war, the troops of the Soviet Army had a significant quantitative superiority over the Wehrmacht fighter aircraft, and our pilots were no longer inferior in quality to the German Aces, but they were not able to completely neutralize enemy bomber aircraft until the very end of the war...
    Here, on the enemy’s side, we have both a quantitative and, most likely, qualitative advantage.
    The enemy has enormous experience in organizing and controlling the Air Force in modern warfare. Not just experience, but practical experience... We don’t have that.
    And this is the most dangerous thing.
    (It is impossible to compare the actions of our Air Force against partisans in Syria, and even against the Ukrovermacht in the Northern Military District, with the large-scale operations of the NATO Air Force that they carried out in Iraq, Libya, and Yugoslavia.)

    So, the situation may well turn out to be very dangerous and serious for our ground forces! In case of open confrontation.

    THAT'S WHY. Our Air Force, of course, should be developed... Without a doubt.
    But, first of all, you should think (And think very quickly!) about asymmetric measures to counter and at least tolerably neutralize the adversary air forces... (And not only NATO ones!)

    Of course, the use of tactical and nuclear weapons will level the odds in one fell swoop...
    But it is quite clear that this should not be allowed to happen. But the situation can easily get out of control!..
  12. savage3000 Offline savage3000
    savage3000 (Savage) 7 February 2024 21: 27
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    Marzhetsky should or should not - the question is. But the MiG-35 is definitely not a light fighter and never has been. With 25 tons of max weight.
  13. JD1979 Offline JD1979
    JD1979 (Dmitriy) 7 February 2024 22: 36
    -1
    Again thirty five

    Twenty-five again). Enough with the exhumation. The Mig-35 is an excellent aircraft and an excellent illustration of the saying:

    It’s too late to drink Borjomi when your kidneys are failing.

    Nobody needs him at all since the announcement of the Su-75. And if then it was still possible to doubt, now, when the reality of the appearance of the Su-75 in hardware is a fact, there is no longer any doubt. Only if you transfer the expectations of the Mig-35 into the area of ​​religion - there is no need for any justification or logic. We just believe in the Mig-35 and its mass production. Some day.
  14. AC130 Gunship Offline AC130 Gunship
    AC130 Gunship (Gennady) 7 February 2024 23: 25
    +2
    It will be of interest only to countries that are ready to pay in bananas for barter (since 07.02.2024/XNUMX/XNUMX there is one less such), or that promise their love and loyalty in exchange for military equipment.
    Nobody will pay real money for a 45-year-old aircraft with a small payload and a short range.
  15. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (Von) 8 February 2024 04: 57
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    In the fall of 2023, it became known that the MiG-35 also began to be used during the SVO, as stated by the general designer of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Sergei Korotkov:

    Today, in connection with the events that are taking place, the machine is already involved in all operations that are being carried out. Further test flights are yet to be completed before the Ministry of Defense will make a final decision.

    Maybe we should first count who will fly them? Yes, and the UAC just doesn’t get confused in its projects, otherwise it’s just a good riddance - from the Airbus to the Baikal and everything is in the projects.
  16. Beidodir Offline Beidodir
    Beidodir (Beidodir) 8 February 2024 08: 07
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    Quote: JD1979
    Not a single counterargument was given, except for references to unconfirmed expertise

    and except for the sheets of someone else’s copy-paste) which once again confirms the lack of basic knowledge and a tendency to flood.

    There was also not a single counterargument from you, dear man. So you're lying here.
  17. Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 8 February 2024 10: 04
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    I think the main advantage of the MiG-35 could be more accelerated pilot training. If, for example, it takes 75 years to learn to fly a Su-3, then for a MiG this period must be reduced to one and a half to two years.

    Perhaps in peacetime this makes no sense, but in wartime it will be necessary to retrain civil aviation pilots as combat aircraft pilots as quickly as possible. There are 14 thousand civil aviation pilots in Russia, and the ability to reduce retraining time by one year for such a number of people will be critically important.

    And all other economic indicators against the background of strategic gain become less significant.
  18. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 12 February 2024 14: 47
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    Why the MiG-35 light fighter should get a second chance

    First, an anecdote: A light fighter with two engines. By definition, two engines are carried in heavy fighters. Further, a 4th generation fighter, no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to get a fifth generation out of it, which means the picture repeats itself, outdated I-16s will again meet with more advanced Me-109s. The topic of the Mig-35 is clearly closed for today in all its components. The topic Su-75 and similar ones should be on today's agenda. If there are problems with the military-industrial complex and others, they must be forced to overcome. (if kickbacks are not allowed, then this is already a state-level war crime).
  19. Glagol1 Offline Glagol1
    Glagol1 (Andrei) 12 February 2024 19: 02
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    I don’t understand the position of our Ministry of Defense at all. We would order a squadron of 12 units, put them into service and start testing them for use and potential. Foreign customers would also come along here. But... Apparently there are not enough brains. But the airplane turned out okay, and not expensive.
    1. AlOrg Offline AlOrg
      AlOrg (Alex Ivanov) 13 February 2024 09: 42
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      There are a lot of questions about the position of the Ministry of Defense. And not only for these planes
  20. AlOrg Offline AlOrg
    AlOrg (Alex Ivanov) 13 February 2024 09: 37
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    No need for many words. Now we need to produce everything that is produced. Don't change horses at the crossing