Based on the MiG-29M OTV, MiG-35 (Nato reporting name Fulcrum
F), is equipped with advanced avionic suite comprising of a
modern glass cockpit designed with three 6x8 inch flat-panel
LCDs and full HOTAS controls, digital map, helmet-mounted sight.
The latest Zhuk-AE
active electronically scanning array (AESA) radar is mounted
on this aircraft. This radar was developed with modular approach,
enabling upgrading existing Zhuk ME/MSE radars, into the phased
array equipped MFE/MSFE standard, deployed in MiG-29/Su-27 platforms.
MiG-35 is fitted with western standard Mil-1553 bus and advanced
Russian made weaponry. Reliability and serviceability have been
improved, reducing operating cost and improving serviceability
by 2.5 times (compared to older MiG-29s). MiG-35 is equipped
with an optronic target tracker, identical to the system used
on the Su-30MKI. For precision air-to-ground attack missions,
the aircraft can be equipped with a conformal electro-optical
targeting module, installed under the right air intake. The
aircraft is equipped with radar warning, electro-optical missile
launch warning and laser warning sensors, and integral active
self protection (jamming, chaff and flare) as part of the integral
self-defense system. The aircraft has four additional hardpoints
and can haul an external payload in excess of six tons.
of the systems introduced in the MiG-35 can be applied to older
MiG-29s through upgrading programs.
The aircraft is powered by two RD-33 MK engines digitally
controlled smokeless engines, producing 9000kgf of thrust each.
This type is an improved and uprated version of the standard
RD33 engine. The engine was developed to power the carrier based
MiG-29K and modernized version MiG-29M/M2. The prototype demonstrated
in Bangalore did not have thrust vector exhausts, but, according
to the manufacturer, these can be installed in production aircraft.