Could This New Russian Fighter Kill an F-22 or F-35 in Combat?
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Mark Episkopos


The MiG-35 is here. 

While “4++” means little in an absolute sense, it’s not difficult to see why Mikoyan insists on characterizing the MiG-35 this way. They want to present it as, not just an iteration, but a massive technical leap over the MiG-29 that it succeeds. It seems reasonable enough to draw a hard distinction between fighters separated by over forty years. However, that narrative of an exponential improvement is somewhat complicated by the multitude of...

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