Russian Defense Ministry plans to begin purchases of MIG-35 lightweight fighter jets as of 2018, Deputy Minister of Defense Yuri Borisov told reporters on Tuesday on the sidelines of the MAKS 2017 aerospace show.
“R&D works are near complete and we hope we could begin the purchases in the interests of the Armed Forces as of 2018,” he said.
MIG-35 is the newest Russian G4++ multirole fighter jet. It represents a highly upgraded extension of the line of fighters that includes the MIG-29K/KUB and MIG-29M/M2 jets.
Its flight tests began on January 26 and its international presentation took place in the Moscow region on January 27.
Source: TASS Russian News Agency.