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THESE EASTERN EUROPE COUNTRIES COULD PROCURE THE NEW MiG-35 FULCRUM-FOXTROT

Bulgaria, Slovakia and Poland interested in procuring the MiG-35

According to Special-ops.org, several Eastern Europe Countries, such as Bulgaria, Slovakia and Poland, which already operate the MiG-29 fighter jet, could procure the MiG-35, the latest Fulcrum derivative.

In fact Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Anatoly Punchuk said that “The MiG-35 could be captivating, first of all, to countries in Europe, like Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Poland, that still (along with NATO membership) operate the Fulcrum.”

He also added that Russia is currently carrying out contracts with these countries to repair and modernize their MiG-29 fleet.

As reported by Janes.com, speaking at the aircraft rollout for president Vladimir Putin on Jan. 26, 2016 Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) commander-in-chief Colonel General Viktor Bondarev explained that the MiG-35 will be VKS future light fighter, meaning that the aircraft will replace the service aging MiG-29 fleet.

The Fulcrum-Foxtrot

Classified as a 4+++ generation jet fighter the Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum-Foxtrot) is a fighter aircraft that is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and K/KUB fighters.

Actually the Fulcrum-Foxtrot features advancements on MiG-29K/KUB and M/M2 fighters in combat efficiency enhancement, universality and operational characteristics improvement. Moreover Sergei Korotkov, the CEO of MiG, claimed that the aircraft will have a speed of Mach 2.23 and an operational range 1.5 times longer than the MiG-29.

Photo credit: Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG” and Sergey Vladimirov from RU

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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