Thursday, February 08, 2007

BANGALORE: Russian Aircraft Corporation-MiG on Wednesday unveiled its newest MiG-35 fighter jet to the world at the Aero India show here with an eye on New Delhi's plans to purchase 126 multi-role combat aircraft.
The jet made awe-inspiring manoeuvres in the skies over Bangalore soon after the inauguration of the sixth edition of Aero India, South Asia's biggest aerospace show that has attracted major civil and defence aircraft makers.
The test prototype of MiG-35 was on display at MAKKS Airshow in Russia in 2005 and at Faranborough in Britain in 2006. The MiG-35 is considered Russia's serious answer to its Western competitors.
Russia is in the race to sell India 126 jets, pitting itself against the F-16 and F-18 of the US, Sweden's Gripen, Eurofighter and France's Rafael.

The MiG-35, the company said, is available in single-seat and double-seat versions. At the heart of the MiG family is the MiG-29K/KUB fighter that is being produced for the Indian Navy.
07/02/07 Times of IndiA

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