The Egyptian Air Force MiG-35 deal represents the largest order for the Fulcrum fighter aircraft in the post-Soviet period
The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has switched to a new paint scheme for the MiG-35s it ordered. This new paint job was spotted at RAC MiGs production plant at Lukhovitsy.
In November 2013, Egypt and Russia started to negotiate an order of 24 of the then designed MiG-29M/M2s for the EAF. In April 2015, Egypt instead signed a contract, worth up to $2 billion, for 50 MiG-35 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum-Foxtrot) fighters scheduled to be delivered by 2020.
The EAF MiG-35 deal represents the largest order for the Fulcrum fighter aircraft in the post-Soviet period.
As we have explained in a previous article, the MiG-35 is a revision of the basic MiG-29. The aircraft in fact features a more robust multi-role capability with enhanced use of air-to-air and air-to-ground high-precision weapons. Furthermore It has considerably increased combat range owing to an increase in its internal fuel capacity.
The MiG-35 is a 4+++ generation multi-role fighter aircraft that is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB fighters. In fact the Fulcrum-Foxtrot is able to undertake air defense as well as ground attack missions. The aircraft has six hard-points under its wings which can carry six air-to-air missiles or smart bombs. The fighter, which features a 30 mm automatic cannon too, has a top speed of 2445 km/h.
Photo credit: Alexey Karpulyov via russianplanes.net