ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow region), July 22-RIA Novosti. The aerobatic group "Strizhi" begins the transition to the latest MiG-35 fighters, the first aircraft will be delivered to it in 2021, the commander of the group, Colonel Sergei Osyaykin, told RIA Novosti.
"We are planning to switch to a new aircraft. We are waiting for the decision on rearmament to be made. We should get the first MiG-35 this year. But this does not depend on us, but also on the industry, on conducting state tests. Always the adoption of an aircraft is a long process, " Osyaykin said.
He stressed that the group, which has been performing on the MiG-29 in recent years, expects to receive the number of aircraft that is needed. "I hope that there will be nine of them," added the commander of the Swifts, who are taking part in the MAKS-2021 Aerospace Salon.
The MiG-35 is the latest aviation complex created with the use of fifth-generation fighter technologies. The aircraft is designed to destroy air targets at any time of the day and under any weather conditions, as well as to destroy mobile and stationary ground and surface targets.
Among the advantages of the MiG-35, the developers, in particular, indicate reduced radar visibility, a radar station with an active phased array antenna, a helmet-mounted target designation system, new engines with increased thrust. The fighter can use all types of guided, unguided missiles and the latest adjustable bombs.
MAKS-2021 takes place from July 20 to 25 in Zhukovsky, near Moscow. RIA Novosti is the general information partner of the air show, Sputnik agency is the official information partner.