Eurofighter vs MiG-35

Eurofighter Typhoon vs MiG-35 Fulcrum-F

When comparing these two jet fighters, the Eurofighter Typhoon is a better airplane but is considerably more expensive, even three times, but if we look at the ratio of price: quality; MiG-35 is significantly more cost-effective for many countries.

In the Beyond Visual Range (BVR) fight; Eurofighter is in most cases the winner due to better radar and technology.

West fighter uses proven missile MBDA Meteor while eastern fighter uses the same good Vympel R-77M missile. The advantage of the Eurofighter is in a slightly better radar and a lot better technology, especially in defense equipment. Huge progress of the MiG-35 is reflected in electronics, weapons systems, the new AESA radar and the uniquely designed optical system of locating (Optical Locator System (OLS)), but Eurofighter electronics is still better – EuroDASS Electronic Warfare.

Both aircraft are similar in size, the MiG-35 is a bit bigger – longer for 1.35 meters and wider for 1.05 meters, while the weight and engine power are almost identical …

Comments of readers (Feel free to leave a reply on bottom.)

1. I would choose the MIG 35 for a very simple reason. The price! It is less than 1/3 of Eurofighter. Imagine two enemy countries engaged in an air war. Both countries had enough money to buy and operate 100 Eurofighter typhoons. But one country choose the MIG 35. If those countries threw every jet they have at one another you would have 100 Eurofighters dealing with more than 300 MIG 35s. This means multiply the MIGs armament, the fuel, and the avionics by at least 3 against 1 eurofighter. Which country would be victorious in this air battle? 

EUROFIGHTER infographicMIG-35 infographic

Eurofighter vs MiG-35 Flight Cost Per Hour



Overall and BVR ratings

BVR Rating 91% 83%
Armament 8.5/10 7.6/10
Technology 8.8/10 8.3/10
Avionics 8.6/10 8.3/10
Maneuverability 9.5/10 9.6/10 (3D Thrust)
Rate of Climb max. 315 m/s – 65k ft/min max. 330 m/s – 68k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.15 1.14
Service Ceiling 20 km – 65k ft 17 km – 57k ft
Speed 2.35 Mach 2.25 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.68 km/l – 1.60 NM/gallon 0.44 km/l – 1.01 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 175.000.000 USD 55.000.000 USD
Overall Rating excellent very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AA-12 Adder (R77 Vympel)
AAM origin NATO Russia
Year in 2013 in 1998
Range (mile) 62 99
Range (km) 100 160
Speed (mph) 2640 2970
Speed (km/h) 4248 4779
Radar Euroradar CAPTOR Phazotron Zhuk AE AESA
Radar overall rating excellent very good
BVR Technology 87% 83%
BVR Def. Tech. 85% 80%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-2.0 0.5-2.0

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

Cannon Mauser BK-27 GSh-30-1
Caliber (mm) 27 mm 30 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 1700 rpm 1800 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 860 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 20%
Maneuverability 9,5 9,6
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,15 1,14
AAM (first) AIM-132 ASRAAM AA-11 Archer
Operational range 0.3 – 50 km 0.3 – 40 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T AA-8 Aphid
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.1 – 8 km
Dogfight Rating 75% 92%

Size Comparison

Length 15.95 m – 52 ft 4 in 17.30 m – 56 ft 9 in
Wingspan 10.95 m – 35 ft 9 in 12.00 m – 39 ft 4 in
Wing area 51.2 m² (551 sq ft) 38 m² (410 sq ft)
Height 5.30 m – 17 ft 3 in 4.70 m – 15 ft 5 in
Weight 11,150 kg – 24,6k lb 11,000 kg – 24k lb
Power 2 x 89 kN 20k lbf 2 x 88 kN – 19,8k lbf
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