YouTube – Sukhoi Su-35
multi role fighter
one or two
NPO Saturn 1175
2- 32,967 lbs. ea.
1- 30 mm
72 ft. 10 in.
48 ft. 3 in
The Sukhoi Su-35 has been upgraded with new engines, a stronger airframe, and the latest avionics. The new aircraft do not have the canards of their predecessors, but retain thrust vectoring engines. Prototype aircraft began testing in early 2008.
The newest aircraft also differ from their predecessors by having more powerful, more efficient engines. A quadruple redundancy digital fly by wire system that the pilot controls by using a side stick gives the pilot greater control of the aircraft.
Enhanced avionics of the new Sukhoi Su-35 include a radar system that has the ability to track up to 24 targets simultaneously, a head up display, and digital displays on a series of cockpit monitors. A terrain following radar mode gives the pilot the ability to fly ground hugging missions below radar detection levels.
The fuel capacity of the aircraft has been increased, both internally and externally, over its predecessor. In addition it is fitted with an in-flight refueling system. Although not a true stealth aircraft, the Sukhoi Su-35 incorporates technology to produce a smaller radar signature and lower IR emissions than similar size fighter aircraft.
To date some 115 Sukhoi Su-35 aircraft have been produced. China has taken delivery of some 24 of the aircraft. Algeria has ordered 14 aircraft and Indonesia has ordered 11 Su-35 aircraft.
On March 20, 2019, it was announced that Egypt had contracted for approximately US$2 billion to purchase “over twenty” Sukhoi Su-35 aircraft with initial deliveries anticipated in 2020 or 2021. To date, Russia denies the existence of such a contract.
RC Sukhoi Su-35
The RC Sukhoi Su-35 scratch built by Marc Kunde has a 65 in. wingspan and 104 in. length. It is powered by a single Frank Turbine FT-180 turbojet engine and weighs around 37 1/2 lbs.
Freewing has the RC Sukhoi Su-35 with a 42 1/2 in. wingspan that is 62 in long. It features thrust vectoring and retracts. Power is by a pair of 2839-2300 kV motors turning 70 mm EDF units. Weight is approximately 6 lbs.