Russian supermaneuverable Su-35 Flankers have started flying over Syria

Russian Gen. 4++ fighter jet has joined the air war over Syria.

Yet another Russian modern weapon system has joined the Syrian Air War.

Previously exposed by images appeared on some Russian aerospace forums (that allegedly showed the aircraft during trailing a Tu-154 during the deployment), supermaneuverable Su-35S fighters have started “to carry out military tasks last week”, as confirmed by Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

The (four) aircraft will provide cover to the Russian warplanes conducting raids in Syria, that are already being covered by both RuAF and Syrian jets as well as the S-400 Triumf battery installed at Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia.

According to the Interfax News Agency, the aircraft belong to the first batch delivered in October-November last year “that were initially attached to the 23rd fighter aircraft regiment of the 303rd guard combined aviation division of the 11th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Eastern Military district stationed at the Dzengi airfield and relocated to the Privolzhsky airfield in Astrakhan in a later period.”

The aircraft deployed to Syria following the usual route over the Caspian Sea, Iran and Iraq.

The 4++ generation Su-35 is characterized by supermaneuverability. Although 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…), 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.

The deployment will give the Russians an opportunity to test their new combat plane in a real war environment.

Image credit: Oleg Belyakov/Wiki


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  1. Su27 was designed with relaxed static stability, and FBW 4 decades ago… later versions have “negative” static stability.
    Yanks consider “stealth” to be the universal panacea, to hit undetected from far away. It usually works with 3rd rate enemies, with weak/inexistent defenses, as they never attack without complete superiority.
    Russians consider their countermeasures to be effective enough in BVR fight, and when the opponents get closer the Su will have the upper hand.

  2. Su35 has same level of supercruis then f35: it is transonic a t best, without any weapon loaded; su 35 aerdonimic is the most punishive in the world as soon as you get supersoni, anyway: a 60’6 philosophy design; in wvr almost everybody get killed with modern missiles.

  3. Yes, because a plane with half the speed, maneuverability, and a quarter of the weapons is so much more superior.

  4. Russian BVR weapons use more than just radar lock weapons, I believe they shoot in salvos several different types, they have the payload to do this.

    • was making a counter to the common belief that F-15’s have only gone up against Mig-21s or aircraft similar to it and won. They have faced off against Mig-29’s in Iraq and Kosovo.

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