Russia Bolsters Air Force with Advanced Su-35S Fighters

Russia's Aerospace Forces receive new batch of Su-35S multirole fighters, marking a significant milestone for the Gagarin Aircraft Plant. The Su-35S boasts advanced features, including high-precision radar and electronic warfare equipment, enhancing Russia's aerial defense capability.

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Russia Bolsters Air Force with Advanced Su-35S Fighters

Russia Bolsters Air Force with Advanced Su-35S Fighters

The Russian Aerospace Forces have received a new batch of Su-35S multirole fighters, marking a significant milestone for the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The Su-35S, a 4++ generation fighter jet, is a modernization of the T-10 platform, which was used to build the Su-27 all-weather supersonic heavy multirole fourth-generation fighter.

Why this matters: The enhancement of Russia's aerial defense capability has significant implications for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the broader regional security landscape. The deployment of advanced Su-35S fighters could potentially shift the balance of power in favor of Russia, leading to a more intense and prolonged conflict.

The Su-35S boasts an impressive array of advanced features, including a high-precision phased antenna array radar with a range of over 400 km and a maximum deflection angle of up to 120 degrees, onboard electronic warfare equipment, and two optional outboard fuel tanks that increase the aircraft's maximum range from 3,600 km to 4,500 km. The jet is capable of reaching top speeds of up to 2,500 km per hour and is equipped with an onboard computer that allows it to detect and target up to four ground or 30 air targets simultaneously.

The multirole fighter is capable of carrying a wide array of short-, medium- and long-range air-to-air missiles, as well as air-to-ground and anti-ship missiles, and both precision-guided and unguided bombs. When compared to its Western analogues, such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and the US-made F-16C Block 50/52, the Su-35S exceeds them in terms of maximum speed at altitude, with a speed of Mach 2.25 versus Mach 2 for both of its competitors.

The Su-35S made its maiden flight in 2008 and entered service with the Russian Army in 2014. It is made by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and represents a significant upgrade to the Russian Aerospace Forces' aerial defense capability. The delivery of these advanced fighters comes at a time when the Russian Air Force has faced significant setbacks in its ongoing conflict in Ukraine, with substantial losses reported.

Despite these challenges, Moscow has intensified its aerial assaults, with over 150 sorties involving Su-34 and Su-35 airframes reported over 13 days earlier this year. The addition of the new Su-35S fighters to Russia's aerial fleet is expected to bolster its capabilities and provide a much-needed boost to its ongoing military operations.

Key Takeaways

  • Russia receives new batch of Su-35S multirole fighters, enhancing aerial defense capability.
  • Su-35S boasts advanced features, including phased antenna array radar and electronic warfare equipment.
  • Fighter jet can reach top speeds of 2,500 km/h and detect up to 4 ground/30 air targets simultaneously.
  • Su-35S exceeds Western analogues in maximum speed at altitude, with a speed of Mach 2.25.
  • New fighters expected to bolster Russia's capabilities in ongoing conflict in Ukraine.