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

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

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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