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16:03 16/08/2011
ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow Region), August 16 (RIA Novosti, Howard Gethin)

The Russian military will use new MiG-35D multirole fighters as an equal to the U.S. F-35 fighters, the Air Force chief said on Tuesday.

"We have not given up on the MiG-35D light aircraft project, but we will transfer to the T-50 [heavy fighter] in the future," Gen. Alexander Zelin, the Russian Air Force commander, said during his visit to the six-day air show MAKS-2011 that opened near Moscow on Tuesday.

The U.S. Air Force began using the F-22 fifth generation fighter in the 2000s. America is now developing a lighter and less expensive version, the F-35.

The MiG-35 is an advanced derivative of the MiG-29, which uses air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles and the Zhuk A radar (Zhuk AE in exports).

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  • severnayazemlyaU.S. won't manufacture F-35 fighter
    18:13, 16/08/2011
    U.S. won't manufacture the F-35 fighter because the country is totally bankrupt. The F-22 Raptor fighter, at $412 million USD each, has never been used in combat anywhere because of the extreme complexity of it. It requires 3000 people to maintain one.
  • daviddNo operational Russian stealth aircraft has ever been reported to have entered service.
    02:43, 17/08/2011
    While the Russians have some good specific system technologies, their ability to effectively integrate them often lags behind that of the West, and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter takes integration of off-board intelligence to a step well beyond proven Russian capabilities.

    Also, no operational Soviet or Russian stealth aircraft has ever been reported to have entered service.

    Stealth is a major discriminator between a 5G fighter like the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter and "Gen 4 ++" competitors like the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35 Fulcrum and the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker that are essentially modernizations of their respective progenitors, the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 and the Sukhoi Su-27.

    David V. Dafinoiu, NorAm Intelligence

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