Along with that, according to an informed insider of Mil.Press Today, deck-based version of MiG-35 does not exist yet, and its creation is not a priority for the Russian defense ministry.
Theoretically, the newest Russian fighter MiG-35 can be used as the deck-based jet for aircraft-carrying cruisers, said deputy defense minister Yury Borisov at the MAKS-2017 international aerospace show answering the question of Mil.Press Today. As for him, if Russian aircraft industry offers the deck-based version of the new fighter, defense ministry "will be happy to consider such a proposal".
However, the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG has not focused on designing of the MiG-35’s deck-based version yet, said the company’s director Ilya Tarasenko at the Army-2017 forum.
Mikhail Pestrakov, deputy director for international activities and advertisement at the Rubin Aircraft Corporation explained to Mil.Press Today that designing of a deck-based version was a complex process comparable to development of a new airplane. That is why, creation of ship-based version may take years, he added.According to an insider in the industry shared with Mil.Press Today that the airframe of MiG-35 had been considerably reinforced as compared to its ‘ground’ ancestor, MiG-29. This facilitates development of the deck-based version.