The risk of the Su-35 secretly falling into the hands of the US is what makes military officials in Moscow especially worried at this time, their mood is clearly not superfluous.
Western intelligence had a golden opportunity to test the Russian Su-35 fighter in April 2022, a fighter of this type was shot down in the battlefield in Eastern Ukraine by ground anti-aircraft fire.
The wreckage of this Su-35 was then collected and taken directly to the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory in the UK. Here, British and American engineers spent days analyzing parts of the recalled Su-35.
After initial analysis in the UK, the wreckage was packed and shipped to Nevada, where the Americans will take a closer look at the details of Russia’s most advanced fighter aircraft today. With a high level of science and technology, the secret of the Su-35 is probably difficult to keep
Introduced in 2014, the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker is an updated, improved version of the Su-27. This is a versatile fighter, adept in the role of an air defense fighter, the Su-35 was used a lot in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Although based on the Su-27, the Su-35 differs in appearance from its predecessor. It thanks to small lifting surfaces located at the front of the wings and reshaped wing edges that help redirect airflow and solve the problem of shaking that the Su-27 has at high angles of attack.
The modifications also allow the Su-35 to be able to withstand overloads at 10G. The improved control surface, combined with the “fly by wire” control system, has allowed the Su-35 to achieve greater maneuverability than the basic Su-27.
The upgraded Su-35 also features a new weapon control system, with a focus on the N035 Irbis. A passive phased array radar with Doppler pulse tracking mode, which allows the Su-35 to track targets below the horizon, destroy a variety of ground, sea and air targets.
The N035 Irbis is a significant upgrade over the N001 Myech radar used on the Su-27. While the N001 can only track 10 targets at the same time and direct 2 missiles simultaneously, the N035 can track 15 targets and fire missiles at 6 targets at the same time.
Powering the Su-35 are two Saturn AL-41F1S turbofan engines with thrust vectoring control nozzles, similar to those found on US fifth-generation fighters.
The nozzles of the Su-35 engine allow for super-maneuverable flight characteristics, including post-decommissioning maneuvers.
The Saturn’s engine provides more than 13,600 kgf thrust and gives a top speed of Mach 2.25. The Su-35 can climb to a maximum flight ceiling of 18 km in just over a minute. If maintaining a high cruising altitude, the Su-35 has a range of about 3,000 km.
Su-35 is equipped with a variety of powerful weapons. Inside the jet fuselage there is a 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 automatic cannon with 150 rounds.
With 12 hardpoints, the Su-35 can carry 8 tons of weapons, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-ground missiles, anti-ship missiles, anti-radiation missiles and bombs of all kinds.
The above are just the basic parameters, there are quite a few tactical features of the Su-35 that are hidden. Through carefully studying the wreckage of the downed aircraft, it is likely that the US will find the secret of this fighter line.