YouTube – MiG-35
one or two
2 x 19,840 lbs. ea.
1 – 30 mm
56 ft. 9 in.
39 ft. 4 in.
The MiG-35 multi role front line fighter was first shown to the public on Jan. 12, 2007. The project had been under development since 1986.
Historically, Russia has been the Indian Air Force supplier of front line aircraft. Most recently HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.) has obtained the rights to manufacture the engines used in the MiG-35.
The MiG-35 has the ability to perform extreme aerobatic maneuvers. Advanced computerized avionics in control of fly by wire flight surfaces combined with thrust vectoring give the aircraft a speed range from 0 mph forward speed to supersonic, all the while maintaining the maneuverability to simultaneously evade enemy missiles while engaging numerous targets. The MiG-35 can deliver up to 15,432 lbs. of ordnance against air, ground and maritime targets with pinpoint accuracy.
In the cockpit, the Zhuk-AE IFF radar system can perform numerous functions simultaneously to enhance the combat environment. Optoelectronic systems incorporate combat overview, satellite down linking of command and control mode and ground tracking functions, radar jamming, and BVR technology.
Although its primary mission is air superiority, the aircraft is also capable of performing strike missions, and therefore is more of a multi role fighter.
The Mikoyan MiG-35 has the ability to simultaneously attack over 10 aircraft. It is armed with a 30 mm cannon, and can carry a multitude of short, medium and long-range missiles.
Flying the MiG- 35
Test Pilot Report (First Flight – English translation):
“I test tracked the MiG-35 to check the ground handling. There was plenty of control with which to aim it, so I called the tower for permission to head to the active runway.
Except for a marginal cross-wind, conditions were perfect. The aircraft immediately responded to throttle inputs, without any spool-up time.
I lined the MiG-35 up with the centerline of the runway. I added power, steered the aircraft in a straight line.
When take-off speed was reached I pulled back on the elevators. Nothing! I applied more elevator and it finally started to lift off the runway. And none too soon!
I was pulling back on the controls to the maximum and added up trim too. This was a little more than I needed, so I proceeded to trim the aircraft as best I could for straight and level flight
Soon the aircraft was flying well, considering the elevator trim was up to keep the nose from dropping. Rolls were very axial, and stall turns were performed with ease. The engines have enormous power and I could have climbed straight up. But, I had to consider my “up elevator” and the fact that I was going to need it for landing.
I set up a landing approach over the runway to see what would happen. In full landing configuration the MiG-35 slowed down and started to head for the ground, but under complete control. I then decided it was safe enough to go around and set up for a full-stop landing. It had the same results as the higher altitude pass….nose high and a landing with only a small bounce.
My report to the engineers was that the aircraft acted as if it were nose heavy. All controls were functioning within normal parameters.
Following up…….The engineers adjusted the computer controls to compensate for the condition. Further testing showed that the Mikoyan MiG-35 turns sharply, with no unintentional tendency to stall and spin. It holds its headings in high alpha flight with ease down to walking speeds. I am looking forward to more flights.”
The RC MiG-35 from RC Legion is PNP with a 28 in. wingspan and a length of 40 1/2 in. It is powered by a pair of 3900 motors turning 55 mm EDF units. Weight is around 31 oz.