Russia’s leading aircraft manufacturer has said it is developing a new type of an aircraft complex based on high-speed drones that can be used in concert with advanced MiG-35 lightweight fighter jets and other warplanes.
Russia’s MiG Aircraft Corporation, that marks its 80th anniversary on Sunday, said that it has been working on a brand new type of an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) that can be embedded with Russia’s most advanced MiG-35 fighter jets and other military aircraft.
The design for the new aircraft complex was inspired by high-speed armed drones. The UCAV is expected to have “high combat potential” and be “used within a single system with MiG-35s as well as other aircraft complexes,” the corporation said.
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The Russian military has begun receiving MiG-35 jets that replaced older generation MiG-29 planes, this summer. The first batch of the multi-role fighter aircraft, that passed its first trials in 2017, was delivered to the Russian Air Force in June.
The company confirmed that several of MiG-35 jets have been stationed with the Russian military, noting that the it is now working to upgrade its MiG-31 fighter, the world’s fastest serving aircraft with a speed of 3,000 km/h.
The state-of-the-art MiG-35 plane boasts a strike radius of 1,000 km (620 miles), and is able to pinpoint and track up to 30 airborne targets at a distance of up to 160km (100 miles). When at high altitude, it can reach a speed of over 2,100 km/h. The MiG corporation’s new flagship can be armed to the teeth, being able to carry over 6 tons of all types of Russian-made guided missiles and bombs.
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