The video posted in November by the Russian Ministry of Defense on YouTube with the participation of Su-35 generation 4++ fighters shows that the latter are “killers”.
The U.S. edition, which drew attention to the video with air combat in Karelia on the Su-35C, worked out the interception and defeat of manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as the withdrawal of conditional enemy aviation, assures that the Russian fighter “combines maneuverability with incredibly powerful and versatile weapons.
Journalists recall that the Su-35’s main weapon is R-74 (RVV-MD) air-to-air missiles, which allow it to fire out of line of sight. Another fighter weapon, according to the magazine, is R-77 (RVV-AE) air-to-air missile, which is called the analogue of the American AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM).
The National Interest notes that the Su-35 is also capable of accomplishing secondary tasks, in particular the strike on land targets, which was observed in Syria. The publication reminds that the Russian Air and Space Forces (ASAF) has about 120 serial Su-35s, while the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has another 20 such aircraft.
In November, The National Interest stated that the Su-35 was conceived as a temporary solution to meet Russia’s need for superiority in the air until the launch of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter.
In March The National Interest considered the Russian Su-35 a threat to the U.S. F-15 Eagle, F/A-18 Hornet and F-35 Lightning II.
In July 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the Su-35 is now considered one of the best aircraft in the world, so “there is no point in boosting the mass production of the fifth-generation aircraft [Su-57].