Forget the F-22 and F-35, this is a real Super Maneuverable Fighter plane: the Russian Su-35 Flanker-E

Jun 17 2013 - 62 Comments

The Su-35 (NATO designation Flanker E), Russia’s latest version of the famous super-maneuverable multirole fighter jet has demonstrated its stunning capabilities during the first day of the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

During its display, the 4++ generation aircraft has showcased some almost impossible manoeuvres, demonstrating unbelievable low-speed handling authority.

Su-35

Ok, it’s not stealth (even if some sources say it can detect stealth planes like the F-35 at a distance of over 90 kilometers), but once engaged in a WVR (Within Visual Range) air-to-air engagement, it can freely maneuver to point the nose and weapons in any direction, to achieve the proper position for a kill.

Some weeks ago, someone was impressed by a (quite normal) F-35′s High AOA test flight video.

Bill Flynn, Lockheed test pilot responsible for flight envelope expansion activities for the JSF recently said that all three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter will have better kinematic performance than any fourth-generation fighter plane with combat payload, including the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

The F-35 maneuverability shown in the video seems far to be special. Unlike the Su-35′s impressive one.

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  • Ronnie Fairley

    I joined this web site for my love of aviation and by looking at this blog it seems no one knows about aircraft. The F-35 and F-22 are not the most maneuverable aircraft in the sky. You guys must never heard of the Su-35S or by its better designation SU-37 Terminator. The F-18 superhorney radar benchmark exceeds every other aircraft but guess what the are still firing araams which makes ther bvr equilant. dont let me start on the f-22 compared to the 35, 37 or even pak fa , let lleave it at this how many of you knew that the f22 internal bombay cant fire missiles when moving faster thatr the speed of sound