UAC, Russia likely to sign contract for 30 production MiG-35 fighter jets by 2019

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UAC, Russia likely to sign contract for 30 production MiG-35 fighter jets by 2019
The Russian defense ministry and the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) are likely to sign a contract for the serial production of over 30 latest MiG-35 fighter jets already in 2018, a source in the military-defense complex told TASS.
UAC Russia likely to sign contract for 30 production MiG 35 fighter jets by 2019 640 001UAC unveiled the new MiG-35 fighter jet in late January 2017
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"There is a major possibility that government acceptance tests will be completed in mid-2018 and then a contract will be signed with the defense ministry. Serial production of the fighter jets will begin in the second half of the year," he said.

"Initially 37 aircraft were mentioned but the figure is likely to increase now," he added.

This year it is planned to switch from factory tests of two existing aircraft in Lukhovitsy near Moscow to government acceptance tests in the State Flight Test Center in Akhtubinsk in Astrakhan region.

"Some time later two more MiG-35 will join the acceptance tests. The contract for them was signed the other day. Many MiG systems were successfully tested during the creation of MiG-29K/KUB. Therefore, there are no risks in state acceptance tests and the transfer to serial production of the aircraft," the source said.

The United Aircraft Corporation refused comment.

MiG-35 is the latest Russian multipurpose fighter jet of generation 4+++. It is a development of the serial combat MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 aircraft. It has upgraded flight characteristics, the latest onboard radio-electronic equipment, and a wide range of guided air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons.

Flight tests of MiG-35 began on January 26 and its international presentation took place in Moscow region the next day. On Tuesday the UAC said a contract for the supply of two fighter jets in 2017-2018 was signed.