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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oman Receives First Batch of Typhoon Fighter Jets

Oman has taken delivery of two Eurofighter Typhoon jets.

Belarus Receives CS/VN3 Armored Vehicles

Belarus has taken delivery of a first batch of CS/VN3 armored vehicles from China.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sukhoi, MiG to Merge

On June 20, 2017, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) CEO Yuri Slyusar announced that two major aircraft corporations in Russia will be merged into a single combat aviation complex.

Israel Completes LORA Testing

Israel Aerospace Industries announced on June 20, 2017 that it had successfully finishing a firing test of the Long-Range Artillery (LORA) weapon system.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Belarus Order Su-30SMs from Russia

Belarus and Russia have signed an agreement for the supply of Su-30SM fighter jets to the Belarusian Air Force.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Russia to Flight Test A-100 in 2017

Russia anticipates flight testing the country's new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft before the end of 2017.

Egypt Awards Russia Tender for Ka-52Ks

Russia has won a tender for the supply of Ka-52K helicopters to Egypt, according to the head of the Russian federal service for military-technical cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Il-76MD-M Transport Aircraft Makes Test Flight

The first prototype of the Il-76MD-M modernized military transport aircraft has made its first flight as part of state tests.

Qatar Inks Agreement for F-15 Fighter Jets

Qatar has officially signed an agreement for F-15 fighter jets, amid a nearly two-week long political dispute with its neighbors.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tu-160M2 Component Development Underway

Russia has started development work on defensive systems for the Tu-160M2 to help shield it from missiles as well as other components.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Senate Democratic Leader Opposes Saudi PGM Sale

On June 12, 2017, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Minority Leader, announced that he will vote against a proposed sale of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) to Saudi Arabia.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Admiral Makarov to Enter Service in November

Russian frigate Admiral Makarov will be delivered to the Navy in November, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Friday, June 9, 2017

U.S. Senators Raise Concerns Over Nigerian Aircraft Sale

Afghan A-29 Super Tucano. Source: Nardisoero
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have raised concerns about the possible sale of Super Tucano aircraft to the Nigerian government in a letter addressed to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Israel to Complete Purchase of 17 F-35s

Israel's government has officially sent a letter to the United States to complete the purchase of another 17 F-35s, according to Israeli media i24.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Morocco Receives M1A1 Tanks

Morocco has reportedly taken delivery of another batch of M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks from the United States.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Russia and Egypt Continue Ka-52K Negotiations

Following a visit to Egypt, a Russian official has discussed the status of a sale of Ka-52Ks to the country.

Two More PAK FA Prototypes to be Produced

Russia will receive two more prototype PAK FA stealth fighter jets in 2017.

Qatar Fighter Jet Sales Spotlighted Amid Gulf Crisis

Two separate fighter jet sales to Qatar are hitting scrutiny amid a crisis between Gulf countries.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Russia to Launch New Corvette

Tass News Agency reported on June 6, 2017 that Russia would soon launch a new corvette for its Navy.

Egypt Receiving Antey-2500 Missiles

A new image has emerged showing a batch of missiles reportedly for Egypt's Antey-2500 (S-300VM) missile systems.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Israeli F-16I Seen with Stunner Missile

An Israeli F-16 has been spotted carrying what appears to be the country's Stunner surface-to-air missile.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Russia to Rearm with Tornado-S MLRS

Russia aims to completely rearm its rocket artillery brigades with new multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) by 2020.

Emirati Firm to Show Off Military Vehicles in Europe

Emirati firm NIMR Automotive will showcase a custom military vehicle at a military exhibition in the Czech Republic.

Russia to Produce Two Helicopter Carriers

In the next decade, Russia aims to construct and deliver to its Navy two helicopter carrier vessels.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Two U.S. Senators Seek to Block Saudi PGM Sale

U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Christopher Murphy (D-CT) seek to reinstate a short-lived ban on the sale of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) to Saudi Arabia.

Mi-28NM State Trials Begin

Russia has begun state trials of the Mi-28NM 'Night Hunter' attack helicopter.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Senator Rand Paul Announces Opposition to Saudi Arms Sale

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has announced his opposition to a proposed arms package for Saudi Arabia.

Russia to Rearm with Iskander-M SRBMs by Late 2020

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed Russia's efforts to rearm with short-range ballistic missiles on May 24, 2017.

Russian Defense Minister Discusses Military Programs

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu detailed expected delivery dates of advanced Russian military programs on May 24, 2017.

Israeli Air Force Upgrading Its M-346 Trainers

The Israeli Air Force is improving the capabilities of its M-346 advanced jet trainers.

Israel to Receive Test F-35

Israel will receive an additional F-35 from Lockheed Martin in the coming years that will be specifically designed to allow the country to test upgrades for the aircraft.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Saudi AWACS Fleet Upgraded

Boeing has completed upgrade work on Saudi Arabia's fleet of E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

U.S. Fact Sheet on Saudi Arms Deal

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency released a fact sheet detailing some of the equipment included in the $109.7 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia announced on May 20, 2017.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Second Meko Frigate Arrives to Algeria

Algeria's second Meko A200 frigate has reportedly arrived to Algeria.

Report: U.S. Senator Readies Legislation Against Saudi Arms Deal

A report claims that U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will seek to block the potential sale of over $100 billion worth of military hardware to Saudi Arabia.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

U.S. Announces Major Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

The United States has announced that it reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia on the largest arms sale in history.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pakistan to Receive New AEW&C Aircraft

Pakistan is due to receive new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia Starts New Defense Company

Saudi Arabia has launched a new national defense company as part of a government initiative to diversify the economy.

Tupolev Official Discusses Tu-22M3M, Tu-160M2 Programs

The general director of Russian aircraft manufacturer Tupolev has revealed further details about Russian bomber modernization.

Kuwait Orders Sniper ATP for F/A-18C/D

Lockheed Martin will provide targeting pods for Kuwaiti fighter jets.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Russia to Commission Admiral Gorshkov in November

The Russian Navy will commission the lead frigate of Project 22350 in November 2017.

BAE Systems Rolls Out Typhoon and Hawk for Oman

BAE Systems formally unveiled the first Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet and Hawk jet trainer for Oman.

Kazakhstan Tests New Mine Hunter Vessel

A Kazakh vessel has been fitted and successfully tested with a new mine countermeasure system.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Marshal Ustinov Heads to Barents Sea

A Russian guided missile cruiser is set to enter the Barents Sea for exercises following a multi-year overhaul program.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

US Approves Air-Defense Missiles for UAE

The United States has approved a new sale of air-defense missiles to the United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Arabia Reveals Saqr-1 UAV

Saudi Arabia has unveiled a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of carrying weapons systems.

Pantsir-SA Missile Testing to Start in June

Pantsir-SA air-defense system in Moscow during Victory Day parade. Source: Russian Ministry of Defense
A new variant of the Pantsir air-defense system will undergo firing trials next month.

Saudi Arabia May Purchase Two Turkish Vessels

Saudi Arabia may be gearing up for a purchase of two Turkish vessels soon.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pakistan to Acquire Four Turkish Corvettes

Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to a memorandum of understanding on each acquiring military systems.

Russia Reportedly Delivers Artillery to Syrian Army

Russia has reportedly given new military hardware to the Syrian Army.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

U.S. Approves Plan to Arm SDF

The Trump Administration has approved a plan to provide weapons to arm the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella militia operating in northern Syria that has become a crucial American ally against the Islamic State.

MiG-35 Testing Proceeding

MiG-35 pre-series. (c) Alex Snow
MiG-35 testing is proceeding on schedule, according to Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov.

Emirati Archangels Deploy to Libya

TIME reported on May 9, 2017 that Emirati Archangels have deployed to Libya in support of a local militia commander.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ukraine Starts Repairing Navy Flagship Vessel

Hetman Sahaidachny
Ukraine has begun repair work on the largest vessel in service with its Navy.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Trump Administration Prepares Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

The Trump Administration is looking to push an arms sale to Saudi Arabia during a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the kingdom later this month.

First Egyptian Ka-52 Takes Flight

The first Ka-52 helicopters for delivery to Egypt appear to have taken flight, as revealed by unverified images shared on social media.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Saudi Arabia Aims to Support Domestic Arms Industry

In several recent interviews, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman has emphasized Riyadh's determination to improve its local defense industry, as part of its bid to boost self-reliance in terms of supplying the military.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Russia Develops PAK FA Second Stage Engine

Russia has developed second stage engine for its PAK FA stealth fighter jets, according to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) official Sergei Korotkov.

Russia Designs Digital PAK DA Model

Russia has built a digital design of the PAK DA strategic bomber, according to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) official Sergei Korotkov.

United States Approves MD530F Sale to Kenya

The U.S. State Department announced via the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on May 2, 2017 that it had approved a Kenyan request for military helicopters. The DSCA informed the U.S. Congress of the sale the previous day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Azerbaijan Receiving Buk-MB Air-Defense Systems

Azerbaijan is currently receiving Russian-manufactured missiles to equip its modernized Buk air-defense systems, according to IHS Jane's.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Saudi Official Says Kingdom Won't Buy German Arms

Saudi Arabia will not seek to purchase weapons from Germany, according to a Saudi official.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Russia Upgrading Bombers

A number of Russian strategic bombers in inventory will undergo a modernization program, according to the Russian Deputy Defense Minister.

Egypt Reportedly Receives MiG-29 Delivery

Egypt has reportedly taken delivery of a first batch of MiG-29s from Russia.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kazakhstan Launches New Missile Boat

Source: Kazakh Ministry of Defense
Kazakhstan has launched its fourth Project 0250 rocket and artillery boat in Uralsk, which will enter service with the Navy.

PAK DA First Flight Expected for 2025

Russia's next-generation stealth bomber may see its first flight eight years from now, with serial production slated to begin thereafter, in 2028.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Russia to Begin Producing Naval Engines

As part of Russia's import substitution program, the country aims to put into testing replacement gas turbine engines for its naval vessels. These, unlike engines purchased in past years, are to be fully constructed locally.

Rostec Will Acquire Dozens of Russian Defense Firms

Russian defense industry holding Rostec has announced plans to acquire UralVagonZavod, a subsidiary of Tractor Plants Concern, according to Defense News. The defense conglomerate already accounts for around two-thirds of Russia's defense industry.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Russia Expects to Complete S-350 Testing in 2017

In an interview with a Russian defense magazine, the General Designer of Almaz-Antey, Paval Sozinov, noted that Russia expects to complete testing on the system this year.

Nigeria Puts New Mi-35Ms into Service

Nigeria has recently put two new Mi-35Ms ordered from Russia into service.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Israel Receives New F-35 Batch

Three new F-35I stealth aircraft have arrived to Nevatim Air Force Base in Israel from the United States.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Russia to Start Upgrading Aircraft Carrier In September

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetosv
A source told Tass News Agency that Russia will begin a multi-year upgrade program for Admiral Kuznetsov later this year.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Israel to Receive Three More F-35Is

This weekend, Israel will reportedly receive three more F-35I jets from its order for 33, bringing the total delivered to Israel to five.

Russia to Place T-14 Main Battle Tank Order

In an interview with Tass News Agency, Russian Deputy Prime Minister discussed the testing for T-14 main battle tanks, which Russia aims to begin putting into service in the coming years.

Israeli Navy Supports Plans for New Submarine Acquisition

Defense News reported on April 19, 2017 that the Israeli Navy is behind the plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to acquire three new submarines for the Navy.

Russia Testing Admiral Gorshkov Frigate

Admiral Gorshkov, during armament trials in the Barents Sea in March 2016.
Russia is continuing to test the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, the lead vessel of Project 22350, ahead of commission slated for later in the year. Speaking on April 20, 2017, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the tests are proceeding on schedule.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Russia Testing PAK FA 30mm Munitions

Russia's Vice President of Research and Industrial Association NPO Pribor, Oleg Chizhevsky, told reporters on April 18, 2017 that munitions tests for the PAK FA fighter jet may be completed this year, according to Tass News Agency.

Egyptian Submarine Arrives to Alexandria

Following the completion of the submarine's testing last year, Type 209 submarine S41 has arrived to Alexandria.

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Armed UAV Sales to Jordan, UAE

Defense News reported on April 18, 2017 that a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing the Trump Administration to approve sales of armed unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Egypt Negotiating for Russian-Made Naval Equipment

Citing an informed source, Tass News Agency reported on April 18, 2017 that a Russian delegation is heading to Egypt to continue negotiations between the two sides for new equipment for Egypt's Mistral helicopter carriers.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Malian Mi-35M Spotted

An image emerged on websites popular with aircraft spotters revealing that Mali is a customer for Russia's Mi-35M. The picture showed an Mi-35M sporting a Malian Air Force roundel.

The photo reportedly was taken at Rostvertol's plant in Rostov-on-Don, meaning it has not yet been delivered.
The size of Mali's order is unclear. At the Africa Aerospace & Defense Expo in South Africa last year, Rosoboronexport's delegation head, Yuri Demchenko, indicated that Russia would be delivering new helicopters to Mali, among other countries.

Demchenko did not specify the size of the order or the type that Mali would receive. He discussed both the Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35, saying, "In 2016-2017, we plan to continue exporting these helicopters to Angola, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria.

"Our position in the African helicopter market is solid, so we are optimistic about the prospects of cultivating it further," he added.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Syria Wants Russian Missiles

Speaking to Sputnik International on April 12, 2017, a top Russian lawmaker suggested that Damascus may seek to acquire Tor and Buk missile systems from Russia following a U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile strike last week.

PAK DA Work Slated for Early 2020s

A source in Russia's defense industry told Tass News Agency on April 13, 2017 that a contract regarding the development of prototype PAK DA bombers has been signed. The strategic bomber will be created in the early 2020s, according to the source.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

U.S. Lawmakers Concerned About Saudi Munition Sale

Reuters reported on April 10, 2017 that a number of U.S. lawmakers are raising concerns about the proposed sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.

Russia Inks $9 Billion in Arms Agreements in 2016

The Director of Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, stated on April 11, 2017 that Russia had reached military export and cooperation contracts totaling over $9 billion in 2016.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Israel Tests Eitan Armored Personnel Carrier

The Israeli military is moving forward with development of the Eitan 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC). According to iHLS, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have recently conducted a series of tests on rough terrain using the Eitan APC.

Russia to Begin Serial Production of Tu-160M2 in 2022

In an interview with Rossiya-24, the President of United Aircraft Corportion (UAC), Yuri Slyusar, revealed 2022 as the year that Russia will begin production of a modernized strategic bomber.

Senegal Reveals New Military Acquisitions

During celebrations of the country's 57th Independence Day, the Senegalese military showed off newly-acquired military hardware, including new vehicles and rockets.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Russia, Iran to Boost Air-Defense Capabilities



One day after U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles struck a Syrian airbase, the Deputy Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces stated that the share of modernized weaponry in the possession of Russia's air-defense troops will rise to nearly 70 percent by the start of 2018.

Trump Administration to Approve Nigeria Super Tucano Sale

A-29 Super Tucano arrives to Moody Air Force Base, September 2014.

A report by the Associated Press, posted on Stars & Stripes, says that the sale of Super Tucano aircraft to Nigeria will proceed under the Trump Administration.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Russia to Showcase Arctic Air-Defense Systems at Victory Day Parade

Russia will unveil two new air-defense systems designed for use in the Arctic at this year's Victory Day parade.

Egypt Receives New Rafale Fighter Jets

Egypt has received a third batch of Rafales from Dassault Aviation. The delivery was reported on April 4, 2017.

Saudi Arabia Receives Third F-15SA Batch

Saudi Arabia has taken delivery of a new batch of F-15SA fighter jets, the third such batch since deliveries began in December.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Russian Frigate Admiral Makarov to Soon Enter Service

Admiral Grigorovich, lead frigate of Project 11356.

Russian frigate Admiral Makarov is set to enter the final stage of testing before being accepted in service, according to Tass News Agency. The vessel, part of Project 11356, was built by Yantar Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

U.S. State Department Notifying Congress of F-16 Sale to Bahrain

The U.S. State Department is set to approve a sale of F-16s to Bahrain.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ukraine Tests BTR-3DAs Before Delivery

Ukrainian defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom has released footage of a new batch of BTR-3DAs undergoing testing ahead of delivery to the Ukrainian military.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Russia Details Size of First PAK FA Order

A Russian Aerospace Forces commander has detailed the size of the first order for PAK FA stealth fighter jets.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Russia Details Aircraft Acquisition For 2017

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov has revealed the expected number of aircraft deliveries for 2017.

Russian Pacific Fleet to Receive Four Project 20380 Corvettes

During a visit to Amur Shipyard, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov detailed when the Navy expects to receive four Project 20380 corvettes.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Russia Readying Missile System for Project 22350 Frigates

Admiral Gorshkov frigate. (c) Leo1

Speaking to Rossiya-24 on March 7, 2017, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu indicated that the air-defense system aboard the Project 22350 frigates may soon be operational.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Russia Seeks Big Arms Sales to United Arab Emirates

At IDEX 2017, a military exhibition hosted in Abu Dhabi, Russian officials have been pushing a number of potential arms contracts with the United Arab Emirates.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pakistan Inducts More JF-17s Into Air Force

More JF-17s join Pakistani service.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PAK FA to Enter Operational Service in 2021

Russia's PAK FA fighter jet should be in service with the Aerospace Force by 2021, according to Russian media.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Azerbaijan Unveils Locally-Made MRAP

Tufan MRAP. Source: Azeri Ministry of Defense Industry


Azerbaijan has unveiled a locally-made mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Russia Discontinues Su-25 Production

Su-25 at Kubinka Airfield. (c) Dmitry A. Mottl

A Russian official has announced that production of the Su-25 ground attack aircraft has stopped.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Russia to Begin Tu-160M2 Production

Russia is looking to begin producing the Tu-160M2, an upgraded version of the Tu-160, in April.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Russia Aims to Begin T-14 MBT Production in 2018

T-14 'Armata' Main Battle Tank. (c) Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Russia plans to begin producing its latest main battle tank in 2018.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Belarus Plans Su-30SM Purchase

In a recent interview, a Belarusian military official described some of the military's plans for acquisitions in 2017. Among these is a squadron of Su-30SM fighter jets.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Russia to Start Receiving PAK FA Jet After 2018

PAK FA. (c) Alex Beltyukov

Russia's stealth fighter jet program continues to move forward as the military prepares to put the jet, known as the PAK FA, through state tests.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Angolan Su-30K Spotted in Belarus

Su-30K. (c) m-4 

An Su-30K for the Angolan Air Force has been seen in photos.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bahrain F-16 Sale Edges Nearer

After being held up regarding the previous U.S. Administration's concerns over human rights, the Bahrain F-16 deal may get a boost from the new U.S. President.


Kazakhstan Receives Huey II from United States

Huey II handover ceremony, January 27, 2017. 

The United States has handed over another helicopter to the Kazakh Ministry of Defense, in a ceremony held on January 27, 2017.

Russia Produces First Ka-52 for Egypt

Russian Ka-52 helicopters. Source: Russian Helicopters

Russia has produced the first Ka-52 for Egypt, ahead of planned deliveries that will take place for the next few years.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Turkmenistan Equips Naval Vessels with Short Range Air-Defense System

During a recent visit to the Caspian port city Turkmenbashi, Turkmen President Gurbunguly Berdimuhamedov was photographed observing two of Turkmenistan's Tulza-class naval patrol vessels. The photographs reveal that Turkmenistan has equipped at least those two ships with the SIMBAD-RC short range air-defense system, manufactured by MBDA.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Kazakhstan Receives Four Mi-35Ms from Russia

Kazakh Mi-35M "04." Source: Kazakh Ministry of Defense

The Kazakh Ministry of Defense confirmed on January 26, 2017, that it received a shipment of Mi-35Ms from Russia and put them into service. The press release noted that the four helicopters have been deployed to southern Kazakhstan.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Russia Markets MiG-35 to Foreign Customers


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, President Vladimir Putin, and Trade Minister Denis Manturov (left to right) observe MiG-35UB flight, January 26, 2017. Source: Russian presidency website.

To mark the beginning of the latest MiG-35 model's flight tests, Russian President Vladimir Putin and several other top officials (pictured above) held a video conference with Yury Slyusar, the Director of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), on January 26, 2017. The meeting included a flight demonstration of the new MiG-35UB, a two-seat fighter jet.