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

Jun 17 2013 - 141 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.

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.

Image credit: Erwan Malgras

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  • tipoo2

    Plus the fact that India is footing 30-50% of the bill by the end of it.

    • Darth Smith

      its the united states that is broke only thing America has now is a printing press and will lose reserve currency status sooner or latter

  • Doug McCarthy

    Show me a dog fight that takes place below 350mph, which seems to be the videos we always see of the SU27/30/35’s ,making these impressive manouvers. lets see what they can do at 600+mph. I dont know about the F35 but the F22 and for that matter the F16 & F15 can turn and burn above 600mph with anything without losing significant airspeed.

  • Nawaponrath

    Heat signature you dumb the air is -50 up there the F22 will stick out like a sore thumb

  • Nawaponrath

    The blog sites sources

  • Nawaponrath

    US tend to BS most as we’ve seen from their propaganda about their highly expensive crappy equipment

  • bridgebuilder78

    Yeah, but you are Canadian. Who cares about what you Canadians do anyway? Canada is not even a real country.

  • Lomunac

    Go to sleep trolllll…

  • E1-Kabong

    Quoting Wrong-i-pedia isn’t the brightest thing to be doing….

  • vegass04 .

    Like one USAF official said “We’re not building fighter jets for Paris air show stunts, we’re building them to defeat an adversary”.. Enough said. USAF and Navy extensively experimented with TVC technology in 1980-ties/90-ties (you can see F-15/16/18s with 3D TVC nozzles) but they decided against it.The gains were to small and price and weight to big. SO to sum it up – TVC is a nice thing to have in a dog fight but certenly not as important as superior western radar and avionics.

  • Tunechi241

    Well, I’d like you to tell me where EXACTLY I decree’d that one fighter was better than the other ?

    But anyway The F-22 and F-35 are known to be failures (at least at the time that I posted the original comment, 3 years ago). This is easy to google.

  • It’s not stealth, so please explain what’s the point even developing this kind of plane?

  • Fred Bar

    WVR is not practical anymore….I mean, this aircraft will be dead long before it gets within this range, even if it is a “real Super Maneuverable Fighter plane”.

  • Ren

    Wow, truth must really hurt for these Russian bashers. No American planes can beat the Russian planes when it comes to maneuverability and agility. You can twist facts but it’s not gonna change things. Period. Get used to it and change topics, gee many xmas. End of discussion.