EGYPTIAN AIR FORCE’s FIRST MiG-35 SPOTTED AT ZHUKOVSKY AIR BASE

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The Egyptian Air Force MiG-35 deal represents the largest order for the Fulcrum fighter aircraft in the post-Soviet period

Taken by Dmitri Terekhov at Zhukovsky Air Base, Russia, the interesting photo in this post shows first Egyptian Air Force (EAF) MiG-29/35.

The jet’s serial number is 811.

In Nov. 2013, it was reported that Egypt and Russia were negotiating an order of 24 of the then designed MiG-29M/M2s for the Egyptian Air Force. In Apr. 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.

Noteworthy the Egyptian Air Force 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: Dmitri Terekhov