Vladimir Putin's new MiG-35 could be equipped with lasers in the fight against Islamic State
The Mikoyan Aircraft Corporation (MiG) unveiled the lightweight MiG-35 at its international presentation yesterday.
The fearsome new jet has been constructed to potentially carry lasers in future but can also carry a payload of conventional weapons.
The fighter, which is set to replace older MiG-29 planes in the Russian air force, will be ready to carry hi-tech laser beams as soon as flight trials are concluded.
The next-generation fighter can fly at speeds of over 1,700MPH
Russia's new super weapon was unveiled at MiG's international conference yesterday
The aircraft is much faster than previous generations, being able to reach speeds of over 1,700MPH (2,700KM/H).
Russian Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev said: "The 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) that MiG-35 is able to fly suits us very well.”
Yury Slyusar, president of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation, told a meeting at the Kremlin: “The fighter is designed especially to carry out military tasks in conflicts of higher intensity, in conditions of high density of air defence.”
The aircraft will replace older MiG-29 jets in the Russian air force
Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomed the release of the new fighter
He added the construction of MiG-35 “allows the use of both current and future munitions, including laser weapons”.
Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomed the release of the state-of-the-art fighter, expressing hopes that the fighter will not only strengthen Russia’s forces but potentially interest international buyers too.
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The fighter is designed especially to carry out military tasks in conflicts of higher intensity
He said: ”Our other aircraft, the MiG-29, is actively used in more than 30 countries, with a good infrastructure and well-trained staff providing for the use of such Russian fighters.”
The move could come as a double whammy to sick terror group Islamic State, who Russia is fighting in Iraq and Syria, after US President Donald Trump announced he would boost spending on the US military to crush jihadis.
Trump signalled he may be willing to work with Putin on military operations to obliterate ISIS in Iraq and Syria, which the President described as “an evil that has to be stopped”.
He said: “I don’t know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that’s a great thing, it’s good for Russia, it’s good for us, we go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS, because that’s a real sickness.”