US gains access to an advanced Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet

The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker is one of Russia’s most advanced combat aircraft. Capable of performing in electronic warfare, the Su-35 can carry out air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks, depending on the type of weaponry.

In addition, the maneuverability of the fighter is impressive, despite being little used in this type of mission in Ukraine.

And in early April Ukraine managed to shoot down one of these aircraft in the vicinity of Izium, in eastern Ukraine, a city located near Kharkiv. The fighter was partially destroyed, and the pilot ejected, survived, and was captured by Ukrainian forces.

The big problem for Russia now is that the wreckage has been taken to the US and UK for analysis, according to an Express post.

One such captured system is a long-range sight of Russia’s most sophisticated fighter jet being examined by British and American scientists. The component was collected from the wreckage, and transported to the Government Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down in Wiltshire.

Two experts from the US Air Force spent ten days examining the systems, which are now in American hands in Nevada, US, for further forensic examination.

An analysis of the wreckage indicates that the plane was in a SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) mission condition, aimed at electronic warfare and localized destruction of targets.

Justin Bronk, an airpower and technology expert at the RUSI think tank, said: “Any potential opportunity to examine the radar components or electronic warfare pods on the downed SU-35 would be valuable as, even if damaged, these components can confirm the assessments. of Western intelligence on how they work.”

The Su-35S is the most modern variant of the so-called “Flanker Family”, which began with the Sukhoi Su-27 in the 1970s. It is a 4.5 Generation fighter, equipped with a pair of Saturn AL-41F1S turbofan engines with movable nozzles (thrust vectored), making it super manoeuvrable.

The fighter also has 12 hardpoints to carry various weapons such as air-to-air, air-to-ground, and anti-radar missiles, guided bombs, rockets, and others, in addition to carrying a 30mm GSh-30-1 cannon, with 150 ammunition.

Its two main sensors are the passive electronic scanning radar (PESA) IRBIS-E and the IRST (Infrared Search and Track) OLS-35, the latter the target of analysis by the US military.

Source: With Agencies


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