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Su-35 vs MiG-35: Differences Between Russian Sukhoi Su-35 and Mikoyan MiG-35 Fighter Jets

Mikoyan MiG-35

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35D Russia Air Force 154 BLUE C/N unknown, help appreciated (Credits: Carlos Menendez San Juan – MiG-35D)

The Mikoyan MiG-35 is a Russian multirole fighter that is designed by Mikoyan, a division of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). Marketed as a 4++ generation jet fighter, it is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB fighters. The first prototype was a modification of the aircraft that previously served as a MiG-29M2 model demonstrator. Mikoyan first officially presented the MiG-35 internationally during the 2007 Aero India air show.

The single-seat version is designated MiG-35S and the two-seat version MiG-35UB. The fighter has vastly improved avionics and weapon systems, notably new precision-guided targeting capability and the uniquely designed optical locator system, which relieves the aircraft from relying on ground-controlled interception systems and enables it to conduct independent multirole missions. There is also an option for AESA radar.

Sukhoi Su-35

A Russian Air Force Su-35S (Dmitry Terekhov from Odintsovo, Russian Federation)

The Sukhoi Su-35 is the designation for two improved derivatives of the Su-27 air-defense fighter. They are single-seat, twin-engine, supermaneuverable aircraft, designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and built by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant.

Su-35 has a redesigned cockpit and weapons-control system compared to the Su-27M and features thrust-vectoring engines in place of the canards. The type made its first flight in February 2008; although the aircraft was designed for export, the Russian Air Force in 2009 became the launch customer of the aircraft, with the production version called Su-35S.

What are the Differences Between Russian Sukhoi-35 and MiG-35 Fighter Jets?

( SOURCE-QUORA: by Danial Shazly, Aviation Writer, Management Consultant & Passion for LIFE)

Both warbirds are equally as good as one another when it comes to their multirole missions. Both are as equally as agile. The differences are pointed towards the size of the jets. The Su-35 is far bigger, an advance version of the legacy Flanker model. It is able to carry weapons on 12 hardpoints as compared to the MiG 8 hardpoints. The Su-35 has an additional 30% more range. In terms of weapons, it could carry a much heavier and bigger weapons than the MiG such as the long-range anti-ship Brahmos missile as well as the much longer range AA-10 (R-27) Alamo missiles. These missiles come in various sizes which in most instances equates from medium to longer ranges. the MiG, on the other hand, could carry the smaller R-27 model.

The Su-35 is similar to the F-15 Eagle in USAF while the MiG-35 (Above) perform the same function as the F-16 Fighting Falcon

The MiG-35 is a vast improvement over the legacy MiG-29. It has addressed the weak points of the legacy Fulcrum

Both jets have a two-seat model in the form of MiG-35D and Su-35UB. Both are combat capable fighters. The other difference is related to cost. The MiG-35 is much cheaper to buy and to operate. A country with defence requirements that focus on affordability and multirole missions would go for the MiG-35. Its cheaper to operate than the Su-35 in terms of fuel cost, and maintenance on per man hour cost. For example, the Royal Malaysian Air Force has indicated that the cost of operating the Su-30MKM over the MiG-29N is roughly about 40% differences in cost.

The Su-35 is the most superior aircraft among the 2 warbirds in the Russian Air Force. It is also one of the most capable air superiority fighters in the world alongside the F-22 Raptor.

The MiG-35 Fulcrum-F is a suburb lightweight multirole fighter. It is able to perform as equally as that of the Su-35 but at a much lower cost and lesser range on internal fuel. However its an ideal warbird for countries not needing the Su-35 capabilities.

In the author’s overall opinion, if a country has a desire for a multiple fighter that requires a country to patrol its long borders, with less need for flight refueling tanker, and able to carry a variety of air to air missiles as well being agile enough to compete and fight against some of the best jets on earth, the Sukhoi Su-35 gets the vote. This would be ideal in a case for countries like India with a large border against its nemesis, China and Pakistan or like Indonesia where it has over 18,000 islands from the stretches of Sumatra to Papua New Guinea, it needs a jet that can patrol at long distances.

The MiG-35, on the other hand, is also a superior machine in terms of cost. It is ideal for any nation balancing their budget with affordability and lethality and appreciate the technology that has gone into a suburb machine which was once feared by the west in the 80s! The MIG-35 is a sound proposition for any nation that does not require the superior of the Su-35.

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