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HA5708 Su-35S Flanker E Red 04/RF-95241, Russian Air Force, September 2019

The Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker E is a highly modified and improved derivative of the Su-27. In the 1980s modifications were made to the Su-27 (Su-27M) also referred to as Su-35. About 20 years later a heavily modified member of the Flanker family was produced and given the title of Su-35S Flanker E. Considered by many to be the most capable fourth generation fighter in the sky and equipped with many fifth generation technologies. This probably will be the last of the Flanker family when the fifth generation Russian aircraft arrive.

One of several Russian aerobatic teams is the “Falcons of Russia”. The team was formed in 2004 with flight crews chosen from personnel at the 4th Center for Combat Employment and Retraining of Personnel in Lipetsk. The true aerobatics are left to the Russian Knights and the Strizhi while the Falcons of Russia perform more tactical maneuvers. In 2019 from August 27th until September 1st the annual International air show MAKS 2019 was held Zhukovsky International Airport outside Moscow. Su-35 Flanker E Red 04/RF-95241 was one of the “Falcons of Russia” 4 Su-35s.

Specifications (Su-35S) Export Variant of the Su-35 Flanker E
Country of origin – Russia
Designer - Sukhoi
Role – Multi-Role Fighter
Crew - 1
Length - 21.9 m (72.9 ft) Wingspan - 15.3 m (50.2 ft, with Wingtip Pods) Height - 5.90 m (19.4 ft)
Empty Weight - 18,400 kg (40,570 lb) Loaded Weight - 25,300 kg (56,660 lb) With Half Fuel Load Maximum Takeoff Weight - 34,500 kg (76,060 lb)
Powerplant 2 × Saturn 117S (AL-41F1S) Afterburning Turbofan with 3D Thrust Vectoring Nozzle Dry Thrust - 8,800 kgf (86.3 kN, 19,400 lbf) Each Thrust with Afterburner - 14,500 kgf (142 kN, 31,900 lbf) Each Fuel capacity - 11,500 kg (25,400 lb) Internally
Maximum @ Altitude - Mach 2.25 (2,780 km/h, 1,726 mph) @ Sea Level - Mach 1.15 (1,400 km/h, 870 mph) Range @ Altitude - 3,600 km (1,940 nmi) @ Sea Level - 1,580 km (850 nmi) Ferry Range - 4,500 km (2,430 nmi) With 2 External Fuel Tanks Service Ceiling - 18,000 m (59,100 ft) Rate of Climb – 280+ m/s (55,000+ ft/min) Maximum G – 9+ G
Guns – 1 × 30 mm GSh-301 Internal Cannon With 150 Rounds Hardpoints – 12 2 x Wingtip Rails 10 x Wing and Fuselage Points The 12 Points Can Carry - Maximum of 8,000 kg (17,630 lb) Of Ordnance In Varying Combinations Of Rockets S-25L Laser-guided Rocket S-25 Unguided Rocket B-8 Unguided S-8 Rocket Pods B-13 Unguided S-13 Rocket Pods Missiles Vympel R-73E/M Vympel R-74M Vympel R-27R/ER/T/ET Vympel R-77 Vympel R-37M Kh-29T/L Kh-31P/A Kh-59ME Bombs KAB-500L Laser-guided Bomb KAB-1500L Laser-guided Bomb FAB-250 250-kg (550 lb) Unguided Bombs FAB-500 500-kg (1,100 lb) Unguided Bombs Other - Buddy Refueling Pod Avionics Irbis-E Passive Phased Array Radar OLS-35 Infra-red Search and Track System L265 Khibiny-M Electronic Warfare Pod