Check out this cool new video of the Russia’s supermaneuverable Sukhoi Su-35S doing some impressive (and probably worthless) stunts

Let’s have a look at the Su-35s 4++ generation jet through a really interesting footage.

The Su-35S “Flanker E” is the 4++ generation variant of the Su-27 Flanker aircraft, the Russian counterpart to the U.S. F-15 Eagle.

The multirole aircraft features thrust-vectoring, radar-absorbent paint, Irbis-E passive electronically scanned array radar, IRST (Infra-Red Search and Track) and the said ability to detect stealth planes like the F-35 at a distance of over 90 kilometers (…), the Khibiny radar jamming system along with the ability to use some interesting weapons, including the ultra-long range R-37M air-to-air missile that could target HVAA (High Value Air Assets) such as AWACS and tanker aircraft.

The aircraft were deployed to Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, in February 2016 to undertake air superiority and escort missions over Syria.

The following video is a collection of clips showing the aircraft and its ability to freely maneuver to point the nose and weapons in any direction, to achieve the proper position for a kill: something useful in case of WVR (Within Visual Range) engagements; pretty worthless to fight against the U.S. 5th Gen. stealth aircraft that would engage the Su-35S from BVR (Beyond Visual Range) exploiting their radar-evading capabilities as well as their ability to share information within a highly-networked battle force.

H/T Miguelm Mendoza for the heads-up


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  1. And there we go… “(and probably worthless)” in the headline. Were this the F35, im sure we’d be seeing glowing prose about the aircraft. I dont think the video is trying to portray any kind of combat mission. That would probably look rather dull.

    • I’m a bit bored about these comments.
      You all seem to see the F-35 everywhere. If we post an article questioning the F-35 kill ratio, we are “haters”. If we post a story on a Russian Su-35, then we are F-35 “fanboys.”

      • Please don’t cater to one side or the other! There will always be bias on both sides of the fence. No doubt this video is a beautiful aircraft but that doesn’t mean I would want it in my country’s air force.

  2. The F-22 does not have helmet mounted sights or AIM 9X support yet. This one has both high off boresight missiles and helmet sights. It also has 3D TVC vs the 2D TVC on the Raptor. The only advantages the Raptor has is the stealth and maybe the radar.

      • F-22s with Increment 3.2b are supposed to be able to use the AIM-120D later this year or early next year (if I remember correctly). Even with the current C7, the F-22 with its stealth still has more reach than other non-stealthy aircraft.

        • Very true, but the great thing about-120D and future E, is that it has data link and lock on after launch. So badguys won’t know it’s on its way until the missiles radar turns on during terminal phase.

    • “The F-22 does not have helmet mounted sights or AIM 9X support yet.”

      >The USAF intends to start fielding something similar to the current JHMCS for the F-22 by 2020. Even though the F-22 doesn’t have a helmet to fully take advantage of the HOBs capability of the current AIM-9X block II, the F-22 has proven to still be exceedingly difficult in a WVR engagement against Eagles, Vipers, and Super Hornets with JHMCS. F-22s with the AIM-9X block II even without a HMD/S/CS would still be a difficult opponent.

      “It also has 3D TVC vs the 2D TVC on the Raptor.”

      >This isn’t really a detriment to the F-22. The Raptors TVC only works in the pitch and has 20degree movement up and down. The Su-35 might have better yaw and role rate over the Raptor but that doesn’t really make it vastly superior over the Raptor. Paul Metz a former test pilot who flew the F-22 had this to say…
      *By using the thrust vector for pitch control during maneuvers the horizontal tails are free to be used to roll the airplane during the slow speed fight. This significantly increases roll performance and, in turn, point-and-shoot capability. This is one of the areas that really jumps out to us when we fly with the F-16 and F-15. The turn capability of the F-22 at high altitudes and high speeds is markedly superior to these older generation aircraft. I would hate to face a Raptor in a dogfight under these conditions.*

      The F-22 has very large control surfaces. It’s yaw and role rate is better than the current F-15 and F-16. Those two aircraft are still regarded as very good and competent close range dogfighters, and yet the F-22 exceeds both of them.

      “The only advantages the Raptor has is the stealth and maybe the radar.”

      > The F-22 probably (imo) has more advantages then that but let’s focus on those. Stealth… obviously the F-22 wins that hands down. In terms of radar, the F-22 still comes out well ahead. The main over arching reason why is that the F-22s radar is the AN/APG-77v1, and that is an AESA radar. On the other hand the Su-35 has a PESA radar. AESA radars have a wider frequency band width, higher resolution, less susceptible to jamming, and for their size are rather powerful. The AN/APG-77v1 has another somewhat unique feature (I say somewhat because the AN/APG-81 on the F-35 also has this as well as the AN/APQ-181 on the B-2 which pioneered this capability. Other aircraft with AESA radars could also have this capability but I haven’t read or heard about it on other AESA radars other than on F-22 and F-35) LPI (low probability intercept) capability. This means the F-22 can detect, track, target, and engage other aircraft with little chance of giving away it’s presence. The F-22 has successfully repeated this in every major logical exercise/training event it has participated in. The Irbis-E is a very large and powerful radar but it isn’t as advance or efficient as the AN/APG-77v1. There is also speculation that the F-22 can use its own radar to jam other radars, though this has never been confirmed.

  3. I think it would be pretty useful if you send an SU-35 to intercept some lunatics in an AN-2 armed with a nuclear weapon headed for a Russian city. If super maneuverability had no value then the F-22 s thrust vectoring is equally useless.

  4. The overconfidence of being able to stop these fighters easily is bordering on arrogance in my personal opinion, and that is a very dangerous state of mind to go into any conflict with. Especially when one of the aircraft being boasted about isn’t even battle ready. Which is pretty embarrassing really, in a full scale war with Russia every imaginable scenario would most likely occur in the air superiority battle. So to say any positive attribute is worthless is another example of arrogance. Why can’t some nations accept there’s some brilliant trains,cars,ships,submarines,aircraft and last but not least rocket engines that are far better than anything produced by themselves.

  5. Here is a trend study done by the CBSA (Center for Budgetary Strategic Assessment)

    Here is the article…

    Here are the end users…–9Z0

    At this recent Red Flag 17-1 they had more EW assets and more advanced SAM assets them last time.

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