World premiere of the MiG-35 state-of-the art multirole aviation complex was held in Lukhovitsy, Moscow region January 27, 2017 in the production venue of the Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG” (a UAC subsidiary).
The event was attended by more than 30 delegations from foreign countries, such as India, Peru, China, Vietnam, and other countries of Latin America, Middle East, Middle Asia, Europe and the CIS. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin, Commander- in- Chief of the Air and Space Forces of the Russian Federation, Col.Gen. Victor N. Bondarev and representatives of Rosoboronexport and Federal Service for Military and technical cooperation also took part in the ceremony. The state-of the art MiG-35 fighter was presented to the general audience by Mr. Yury Slyusar, UAC President; Sergey Korotkov, UAC General Designer, Vice President for Innovations; and, Ilya Tarasenko, RAC “MiG” Director General.
Addressing the audience Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin said: «That’s the first presentation of a combat aircraft in 2017, up ahead on the agenda is a presentation and the maiden flight of the narrow body passenger MC-21 airliner, in summer we plan the maiden flight of the IL-112 light military transport aircraft. That proves that the potential of combat aviation and the designers of Russian aircraft companies is capable of making high quality competitive aircraft. Russia is a great aviation state and today we ‘ve got a serious proof of this fact».
In his address towards the aircraft industry workers Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces gave a high appraisal to the new fighter and confirmed the aircraft prospects in the Army: "Many thanks for such an excellent creation that proved once again that nowhere in the world there are better aircraft than in Russia. This multirole fighter is capable to attack ground, sea surface and air targets and perform aerial maneuvering combat. I feel proud to say that we shall be pleased to take the aircraft – we need them”. Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces expressed his deep gratitude to the staff of the UAC and MiG Corporation for such an excellent aircraft. «Within some time we shall replace all light fighter aircraft with this type», - concluded the Commander-in-Chief.
«Aircraft capable of resolving so many tasks - is the most modern perfect aircraft, crowning the MiG aircraft family. Designed on the proven and tested platform it’ll be in demand in both national and foreign Air Forces. It seems to me that this project has a bright future, so I would like to wish success to it and all of us», said Yury Slyusar, UAC President, in his remarks opening the presentation of the new fighter.
Both Russian and foreign guests could watch the MiG-35 flight within the framework of the flight test programme after the presentation. Chief pilot Michail Belyaev and test pilot Stanislav Gorbunov demonstrated flight capabilities of the new fighter.
After the test flight Dmitry Rogozin informed media that in the beginning of spring a military-industrial conference will be held in India, where supplies, repair and maintenance of the Russian weapons, as well as establishing of joint ventures within the framework of “Make in India” concept would be discussed. The Russian party should be ready to offer the new fighter MiG-35 to India, pointed out D. Rogozin.
On October 17 2017, the first test MC-21-300 aircraft flew from the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant to the airfield of Flight Research Institute n.a. M.M. Gromov (Ramenskoye, Moscow Region), to continue flight tests.
On September 1 meetings of Boards of Directors of UAC, Irkut Corporation and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft were held. A number of decisions of these governing bodies give a start to transformation of UAC, Irkut Corporation and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft into a new Corporate center of a single united company with functions of a Civil Aviation Division on the basis of Irkut Corporation. This is an important step within the corporate transformation program to form a single company in accordance with previous decisions of the UAC’s Board of Directors from December 2016.