The world premiere of the MiG-35 state-of-the-art multi-role aviation complex was held in Lukhovitsy, Moscow region, January 27, 2017, in the production venue of the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (a UAC subsidiary).
The event was attended by over 30 delegations from foreign countries, such as India, Peru, China, Vietnam, and other countries of Latin America, Middle East, Middle Asia, Europe and the CIS. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin, Commander-in-Chief of the Air and Space Forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Victor N. Bondarev and representatives of Rosoboronexport and Federal Service for Military and technical cooperation also took part in the ceremony.
The state-of-the-art MiG-35 fighter was presented to the audience by Yury Slyusar, UAC President; Sergey Korotkov, UAC General Designer, Vice President for Innovations; and, Ilya Tarasenko, RAC MiG Director General.
The Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin said: “That’s the first presentation of a combat aircraft in 2017, up ahead on the agenda is a presentation and the maiden flight of the narrow-body passenger MC-21 airliner, in summer we plan the maiden flight of the IL-112 light military transport aircraft. That proves that the potential of combat aviation and the designers of Russian aircraft companies are capable of making high quality competitive aircraft. Russia is a great aviation state and today we have got a serious proof of this fact.”
The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces gave a high appraisal to the new fighter and confirmed the aircraft prospects in the Army: “Many thanks for such an excellent creation that proved once again that nowhere in the world there are better aircraft than in Russia. This multirole fighter is capable to attack ground, sea surface and air targets and perform aerial manoeuvring combat. I feel proud to say that we shall be pleased to take the aircraft — we need them”.
He expressed his gratitude to the staff of the UAC and MiG Corporation for such an excellent aircraft. “Within some time, we shall replace all light fighter aircraft with this type.”
“The aircraft is capable of resolving so many tasks — is the most modern perfect aircraft, crowning the MiG aircraft family. Designed on the proven and tested platform it will be in demand in both national and foreign air forces. It seems to me that this project has a bright future, so I would like to wish success to it and all of us,” said Yury Slyusar, UAC President, in his remarks opening the presentation of the new fighter.
After the test flight Dmitry Rogozin informed media that in the beginning of spring a military-industrial conference will be held in India, where supplies, repair and maintenance of the Russian weapons, as well as establishing of joint ventures within the framework of ‘Make in India’ concept would be discussed. The Russian party should be ready to offer the new fighter MiG-35 to India, Rogozin said.