The contract for the first six MiG-35 fighters

The RSK MiG JSC has nevertheless achieved its goal and, apparently, lost its strength the Russian Ministry of Defense - on August 22, 2018 at the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2018 held in Kubinka, the military department signed a contract with United Aircraft Building Corporation JSC (UAC) for the delivery of six (sic!) MiG-35 and MiG-35UB fighters to the Russian VKS. The contract will run from 2018 to 2023 (that is, one aircraft per year).
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The first prototype ("pre-production") model of the MiG-35UB fighter (9-41СР, tail number "702 blue"). Kubinka, 08.25.2017 (c) Ilya Solovey / russianplanes.net (link)
From the side of bmpd we indicatePerhaps, in accordance with the previously spread information, these six first production aircraft of the MiG-35 and MiG-35UB are designed to re-equip the Strizhy demonstration and piloting group.
Recall that at the end of 2016, RSK MiG JSC at its Production Complex No. 1 in Lukhovitsy, Moscow Region, completed the construction of the first two prototypes ("pre-production") of the MiG-35 fighter under the contract for conducting the appropriate development work with the Russian space forces.The first single-seater MiG-35 (9-41SR, tail number "702 blue") made the first flight in Lukhovitsy on November 24, 2016, and the double MiG-35UB (9-47SR, tail number "712 blue") - December 1, 2016 of the year. The start of the official factory tests of both aircraft was announced during the presentation on January 26, 2017.
At the beginning of 2017, it was announced that a contract was signed for two more prototypes of the MiG-35 fighter, but so far they have not been handed over. Initially, plans were announced to complete the State tests of the MiG-35 fighter by mid-2018, however, in reality, the State tests were started only in May 2018.
It is known that under the State Armaments Program for 2011–2020, the purchase of 37 serial MiG-35S fighters worth about 37 billion rubles for the Air Force (VKS) of Russia was proposed. From 2013, the planned dates for signing the relevant contract were repeatedly postponed, and the number of MiG-35 fighters planned for purchase by the beginning of 2017 was reduced to 24 vehicles. Now only six aircraft are ordered.

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