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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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