10 Images that Prove Russia's Su-35 Fighter is a Powerhouse
Su-35, a Story in photos: The Su-35 “Flanker” is a single-seat, dual-engine, fourth-generation air superiority and air defense fighter jet. After lying dormant for years, Russia picked the program back up in 2003 and began developing the Su-35S, an upgraded version of the original Su-35. The upgraded Su-35S is powered by two Saturn AL-41F1A turbofan engines, giving the fighter agility to outrun similar fourth-generation fighters.
For armaments, the Flanker-E sports a Gsh-30-1 30-millimeter autocannon, as well as twelve external hardpoints capable of carrying a range of ordnance. Importantly, the Su-35S has not been developed just for Russia, but also for export. Despite being Russia’s best operational fighter, the effectiveness of the Su-35 is being tested in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military has reported downing two Flankers, one in a dogfight with a Ukrainian MiG-29 and the other being taken out by Ukrainian surface-to-air missiles. With the advent of the Su-57 still highly uncertain, it is likely Russia will be forced to rely on the Su-35 in the years to come—both in its own capabilities and in its exports. Alex Betley is a recent graduate of the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he was an International Security Studies Civil Resistance Fellow and Senior Editor with the Fletcher Security Review
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