Sukhoi Su-35

TypeMultirole fighter
Country of originSoviet Union/Russia
First flight28 June 1988
IntroducedData is not available
Numbers builtSu-27M/35: 15
Su-35S (from 2005): 3
Unit costsUS$45 million to $65 million (estimated)
Max speedMach 2.25 (2,390 km/h, 1,490 mph) at altitude
Max rangeRange: 3,600 km (1,940 nmi) ; (1,580 km, 850 nmi near ground level)
Ferry range: 4,500 km (2,430 nmi) with external fuel tanks
Service ceiling: 18,000 m (59,100 ft)
DimensionsLength: 21.9 m (72.9 ft)
Wingspan: 15.3 m (50.2 ft)
Height: 5.90 m (19.4 ft)
Wing area: 62.0 m² (667 ft²)
WeightEmpty weight: 18,400 kg (40,570 lb)
Loaded weight: 25,300 kg (56,660 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 34,500 kg (76,060 lb)
Powerplant2 × Saturn 117S with TVC nozzle turbofan
Dry thrust: 8,800 kgf[72] (86.3 kN, 19,400 lbf) each
Thrust with afterburner: 14,500 kgf (142 kN, 31,900 lbf) each
1 × 30 mm GSh-30 internal cannon with 150 rounds
2 × wingtip rails for R-73 air-to-air missiles or ECM pods
12 × wing and fuselage stations for up to 8,000 kg (17,630 lb) of ordnance, including a variety of air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, rockets, and bombs such as:
Vympel R-27: R-27R, R-27ER, R-27T, R-27ET, R-27EP, R-27AE
Vympel R-77: R-77, and the proposed R-77M1, R-77T
Vympel R-73: R-73E, R-73M, R-74M
Kh-31: Kh-31A, Kh-31P Anti-Radiation Missile
Kh-29: Kh-29T, Kh-29L
KAB-500L laser-guided bomb
KAB-1500 laser-guided bomb
LGB-250 laser-guided bomb
FAB-250 250 kilograms (550 lb) unguided bombs
FAB-500 500 kilograms (1,100 lb) unguided bombs
S-25LD laser-guided rocket, S-250 unguided rocket
B-8 unguided S-8 rocket pods
B-13 unguided S-13 rocket pods

The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is another derivative of the Su-27. This single-seat, twin-engined multirole fighter with exceptional agility was firstly known as the Su-27M. The Su-35 is the ride of the Russian Knights aerobatic display team. The Su-35 incorporates aerodynamic improvements to make it more agile, significantly upgraded avionics, extended range, and a more impressive engine.

The first prototype, modified from a production version of the Su-27, had its first flight in June 1988. The Su-35 was then constructed into the Su-37, which has thrust-vectoring features, and the Su-35BM. In 2010, the production of the new model started out for the Russian Air Force, with designation Su-35S.

The Design and development of Su-35

In the early 1980s, Sukhoi tried to develop a new fighter, an improvement of the Su-27 Flanker which starting to enter service with the Soviet Air Force. The desired aircraft was expected to be more agile with improved avionics and more armaments to carry, and above all, it was expected to be the best contemporary fighter.

Sukhoi then focused on its new fighter model which was initially designated the Su-27M and the model featured distiguishing canards which improve airflow over the wings and controlled by a new fly-by-wire control flight system. This model also used the Luylka Al-31FM engine, a bigger and more powerful engine which also put on the body of the fighter-bomber Su-34 Fullback. Flight range is enhanced to 4,000 km (2,222 nmi) by means of supplemental fuel capacity; with the appropriate aerial refuelling probe, range can be more prolonged and the fighter is capable of performing supercruise.

In the cockpit, the pilot is assisted with multi-function colour LCD screens, and the pilot sits on the K-36DM ejection seat inclined at 30° to increase g-force tolerance.

More powerful N-011 Zhuk-27 pulse-Doppler radar plays as the eye of Su-35. The radar can monitor 15 aerial targets at the same time and guide six missiles towards them. To take the advantage of the enhanced radar, two additional underwing pylons were added.

The Su-35 also features a strengthened airframe with a more broad use of titanium alloys, consequently boosting the airframes durability to some 30 years or 6, 000 service hours, a reduced radar signature from the front, and increased passive electronically scanned array radar.

The Variants of Su-35

Following are some variants of the Su-35:

  • Su-27M/Su-35, a single seat variant.
  • Su-35B, a two-seat and trainer variant which features taller vertical stabilizers and a forward fuselage similar to the Su-30.
  • Su-35S, a Russian domestic version of Su-35BM.
  • Su-37, a technology demonstrator that features thrust-vectoring capability.

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