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Thread: #Indian Air Force pilots test fly MiG 35 at Russian air show - An IAF delegation visited #Russia for the International Aviation & Space Salon MAKS 2019 air show that was held at the Zukhovski International Airport near Moscow between August 27-29 economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/i…
The delegation was led by Air Marshal Amit Dev, Director General Air Operations. The delegation was also shown the Sukhoi 57E, the export version of the fifth-generation Russian supersonic stealth jet fighter at the air exhibition.
"The Indian delegation were shown MiG-35 and Su-57 aircraft. Indian Air Force test pilots G/C BS Reddy and W/C FL Roy got an opportunity to fly two sorties on MiG-35 aircraft during the visit," the IAF tweeted.
The MiG-35 is a 4++ gen Mikoyan multi-role combat aircraft that comes in single & twin-seater versions. Officials said the MiG 35 & the Sukhoi 57E were entirely new version of the aircraft. In July, the IAF Chief B.S. Dhanoa had inspected the MiG-35 during his Russia visit.
Dhanoa clarified that the IAF would select a new jet only after following due process of tender, evaluation & test flights. The MiG-35 has a sturdier frame, is fitted with an AESA radar and has been fitted with state-of-the-art latest Russian missile weapons.
It is also being speculated that Russia might offer a sale of the aircraft to India during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country next week. Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet in Vladivostok.
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