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
It’s not stealth, so please explain what’s the point even developing this kind of plane?
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”.
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.
My god that was spectacular. Hats off to the pilot and the engineers who made that, it was incredible