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THE RUSSIAN “KILLER”: The SU-35 of the Russian Air Force

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It was in the early 1980s that the Su-27 was first introduced into service with the Soviet Army that the very first aircraft design bearing the Su-35 designation was conceived.

SU-35 RUSSIAN photo | THE RUSSIAN "KILLER": The SU-35 of the Russian Air Force
The SU-27M (SU-35) Photo by Rob Schleiffert THE RUSSIAN "KILLER": The SU-35 of the Russian Air Force

Both the Sukhoi Su-35 and the Flanker-E, which are improved versions of the Su-27 air-superiority fighter aircraft are designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and built by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant and are designated by the NATO reporting name Sukhoi Su-35.

The Su-27M was the first designation given to the type when it was first developed by the Soviet Union from the Su-27. It was equipped with canards and a multi-function radar, officially giving it the capabilities of a multirole fighter jet.

The first prototype took to the air for the first time in June 1988. Sukhoi re-designated it as the Su-35 after the Soviet Union collapsed to increase the likelihood of obtaining export orders.

SU-35 RUSSIAN photo THE RUSSIAN "KILLER": The SU-35 of the Russian Air Force
Su-35 manoeuvres Photo by WikiM0tty THE RUSSIAN "KILLER": The SU-35 of the Russian Air Force

Fourteen aircraft were built and used for tests and demonstrations, one of these aircraft was equipped with thrust-vectoring engines and was renamed the Su-37 as a result of this.

In addition, a single Su-35UB two-seat trainer, which resembled the Su-30MK family, was developed somewhere between mid and late 90s.

Sukhoi began work on a second modernization of the Su-27 in 2003, with the goal of using the aircraft as an interim aircraft while the Sukhoi PAK FA (Su-57) program was being developed.

SU-57 photo THE RUSSIAN "KILLER": The SU-35 of the Russian Air Force
PAK-FA (SU-57 )Photo by Dmitry Terekhov THE RUSSIAN "KILLER": The SU-35 of the Russian Air Force

In addition to having a redesigned cockpit and weapons-control system, giving it the designation of Su-35 with the first flight of the type taking place in February 2008.

Despite the fact that it was originally intended for export, the Russian Air Force became the Su-35’s first customer in 2009, and the Su-35S became the production version.

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