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MiG Still Hopes for Indian MiG-35 Order
by VLADIMIR KARNOZOV



Russia has approached India again with an offer for MiG-35 fighters. The move comes as negotiations drag on to finalize a contract for the Dassault Rafale, which was declared the winner of the medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) competition in January last year. Explaining the move, Sergei Korotkov, general director at Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG), told Russian media, “Although we lost the [MMRCA] tender, we nonetheless met all the requirements set by the tender committee.” He noted that MiG has been a partner with the Indian aerospace industry and air force for 50 years; India signed for its first MiG-21 fighters in 1962.


Although RAC MiG has failed so far to clinch a firm domestic order for the MiG-35, Korotkov said that negotiations with the Russian MoD continue, with an award expected in this year’s second half. Korotkov said that deliveries of the 24 MiG-29K/KUB carrier-capable fighters for the Russian navy will start later this year. For the first time in recent Russian procurement history, they will come equipped with foreign avionics, including Sagem navigation systems and Thales helmet-mounted sights. The Russian navy is the second customer for the ship-borne MiGs after India, which has already received 20 such aircraft out of 45 on order (worth nearly $2 billion), and expects four more later this year.

On April 20 the Indian defense ministry awarded RAC MiG a contract for training the Indian Navy Air Arm pilots in the MiG-29K/KUB. The 10-week syllabus will start shortly after the INS Vikramaditya resumes sea trials in the Arctic waters before delivery to India as planned later this year. RAC MiG specialists will also help to complete the special training facility for carrier fighter pilots being built in India.

The modernization of the Indian air force MiG-29 fleet is proceeding well. While Korotkov declined to reveal the costs, he commented, “What I can say is that it is much less expensive than the upgrade effort on the Mirage 2000Hs.”

Three reworked aircraft were shipped last year and three more MiG-29UPGs are due this year. The maker has also begun delivering upgrade kits for performing the work at Indian bases. “We have not been simply selling our aircraft to India, but also transferring technologies, and these facilitate development of the respective industry in India, especially large industrial centers and maintenance enterprises. Our cooperation with India has been a success story and we expect this story to be continued with the MiG-35,” the RAC MiG chief concluded.
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Buy 100 with full TOT. This will give us an access to TVC engine and AESA radar. In any war in future, It will prove to be a night mare for enemy in dog fight. Develop a stealth version with extensive use of composite. Upgrade the engine in line with T 50 PAKFA
Engine. Once the engine is fully develop, use the same in LCA & MCA.
 

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well if we are seriously focusing on LCA mark I and II than there is no space for this aircraft.....
 

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Buy 100 with full TOT. This will give us an access to TVC engine and AESA radar. In any war in future, It will prove to be a night mare for enemy in dog fight. Develop a stealth version with extensive use of composite. Upgrade the engine in line with T 50 PAKFA
Engine. Once the engine is fully develop, use the same in LCA & MCA.
IAF has already set its modernisation plan around LCA , Rafale , Su30MKI and FGFA .

Even the chances of AMCA being inducted by IAF is slim and there is no chance we are going for any more fighters especially MiG35 .
 

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Completely out of blue ,even if French don't shed their haughtiness then we will consider EF as second option that fighter stood second in lifecycle maintenance costs and at par with Rafael on technical evaluations so BIG NO for Ruskies for now.
 

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MiG-35 is a good fighter no doubt in that...We can go for 3-4 Squadron as a stop gap...As LCA is taking time... Good thing is that we don need to create a new infrastructure for this fighter.
 

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MiG-35 is a good fighter no doubt in that...We can go for 3-4 Squadron as a stop gap...As LCA is taking time... Good thing is that we don need to create a new infrastructure for this fighter.
No need for MiG35,LCA will do the job.
 

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Even i hope that we buy Mig35 . Its the best aircraft that can replace Mig21s role . Tejas Mk2 can compliment Mig35 after they are inducted .
 

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Even i hope that we buy Mig35 . Its the best aircraft that can replace Mig21s role . Tejas Mk2 can compliment Mig35 after they are inducted .
If you have to have replace something with Mig-35 then Mig-29 is near choice even though Mig-35 is bigger than 29.

Besides Mig-35 wont add anything apart from Super Sukois and FGFA. Ideal choice would be buy some more Mig-29Ks for IAF so they can be used as backup for IN too
 

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YAK 130, Mig 35, what next Su 160 maybe..
Russia must take into stride the fact that Mig 35 didnot make the cut after testing and the fight was left between EFT and Rafale, so obviously it fell short of tender requirements. There is no doubt that Mig 35 is a wonderful fighter but unfortunately there isn't space available for it now. Perhaps if this was 1980s or even 90s, we would have had no choice but ot buy Mig 35. not anymore.
Rafale deal will come through by end of this year and this should put an end to all such speculation theories going around.
Russia should perhaps fast track T-50 development, as moneywise that will be the GRAND DADDY of all deals till date even for Russia.
 

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Mig 35 is superior in all aspects
In some, but LCA has it's advantages too

- RCS
- avionics
- unit and maintenance costs
- future potential

But most importantly it offers more advantages for our industry, while the Mig is als clearly less capable than the Rafale or the MKI, so no point in considering it. The Russians are desperate since nobody wants the Migs anymore, so they keep trying and we keep rejecting it as simple as it is.
 

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