The fact that they didn't bother actually fitting it with a weapons bay simply means they were spending money on developing it as a technology demostrator and there is no point testing a real weapons bay on a demonstrator that might be completely different to the final design.Sorry to be a party pooper again - but the Berkut has no bomb bay - just fairing demonstrators and an internal launch test mechanism.
Permit me to disagree. When ever a big company swallows a little company they look at all the asset and bits and work out what they want to keep and what they think will end up as a dead end. As any aircraft company will tell you right now, there is no point developing 4th gen fighters from scratch now... especially if you just aquired a group of companies that have invested not a huge amount of money but certainly a huge amount of time and brains in developing 5th generation fighter aircraft.It was Fyodorov's pet project and he's still peeved at losing the tender. Once MiG is swallowed-up by UAC/OAK later this year, you'll never hear of it again (unless the Chinese do another 'Lavi').
It underlines opinion that PAK-FA is a heavyweight fighter of F-22 class, though.
This light 5th gen fighter, if it can be made in -5th gen fighter, where performance is above upgraded 4th gen designs, but not quite as wonderful as real 5th gen fighters, and also not cost too much to buy and operate might have a bright future. Everyone might want the shiny new mach 2 fighter, but not really need a bright shiny new Mach 2 fighter.
A cheaper simpler option that can have different radars and weapons fitted makes a good deal of sense...
BTW the clip Otakau provided a link to... ie
It clearly shows someone at UAC describing the MIG 5th gen light plane... which shows they have followed its development to me... and the last comment:
In other words that explains the Russian government offering the Algerians the Mig-35 instead of more Su-30s... it is clear they want to give work to the MIG company... to keep it funded... this deal is made through the Russian government so they control who gets the work and where the funds go...Fedorov declined to say if the Russian air force is providing financing for the project, saying only that "the Air Force has interest in the light advanced fighter."
Sounds to me like the Mig company and any company that it becomes part of might be selling Mig-35s to the Algerian AF, probably WILL be selling Mig-35s to the Russian AF and will likely be making a light 5th gen fighter, either with a single engine or two seriously upgraded smaller engines... (I remember an engine described as the RD-45 in the 10-12 ton thrust class for next generation (at the time) Mig-35s... perhaps they are going to use similar engines in the new 5th gen fighter).