Putin : Russia's Su-35 Fighter Has a Key Edge over America's F-22 Stealt...

Putin : Russia's Su-35 Fighter Has a Key Edge over America's F-22 Stealt...




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 Russia’s air force recently grabbed the international spotlight with its bombing campaign in support of Syria’s Bashar Assad. But how does it stack up against the world’s greatest air force?



During Russia’s stint in Syria, four of their latest and greatest Su-35 Flanker jets flew sorties just miles from the only operational fifth-generation fighter jet in the world, the US’s F-22 Raptor.



Given the fundamental differences between these two top-tier fighter jets, we take a look at the technical specifications and find out which fighter would win in a head-to-head matchup.



F-22 specs



   



Max Speed: 1,726 mphMax Range: 1,840 milesDimensions: Wingspan: 44.5 ft; Length: 62 ft; Height: 16.7 ftMax Takeoff Weight: 83,500 lbEngines: Two F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with two-dimensional thrust-vectoring nozzlesArmament: One M61A2 20-mm cannon with 480 rounds, internal side weapon bay carriage of two AIM-9 infrared (heat seeking) air-to-air missiles, and internal main weapon bay carriage of six AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles (air-to-air load out) or two 1,000-pound GBU-32 JDAMs and two AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles (air-to-ground loadout).



Su-35 specs



  



Max Speed: 1,490 mph Max Range: 1,940 miles Dimensions: Wingspan: 50.2 ft; Length 72.9 ft; Height 19.4 ft Max takeoff weight: 76,060 lb Engines: Two Saturn 117S with TVC nozzle turbofan, 31,900 lbf/14,500 kgf each Armament: One 30mm GSh-30 internal cannon with 150 rounds, 12 wing and fuselage stations for up to 8,000 kg (17,630 lb) of ordnance, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, rockets, and bombs.



Maneuverability



    Montage showing the different phases of an acrobatic maneuver performed by a Sukhoi Su-35 piloted by Sergey Bogdan at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

    M0tty via Wikimedia Commons



Russia based the Su-35 on the rock-solid Su-27 platform, so its status as a “supermaneuverable” fighter is a matter of fact.



Russian pilots familiar with previous generations of the Sukhoi jet family’s thrust-vectoring capabilities have carried out spectacular feats of acrobatic flight, like the “Pugachev’s Cobra.”



On the other hand, the F-22 has a great thrust-to-weight ratio and dynamic nozzles on the turbofan engines. These mobile nozzles provide the F-22 with thrust-vectoring of its own, but they had to maintain a low profile when designing them to retain the F-22’s stealth edge.



Most likely, the Su-35 could out-maneuver the F-22 in a classic dogfight.

Electronic warfare





Both Russia and the US classify their most up-to-date electronic-warfare capabilities, but it should be assumed that they are both state of the art and nearly equal in efficacy.



Firepower



    A fully loaded Su-35.

    TASS



Both planes are equipped with state-of-the-art missiles capable of shooting each other out of the sky. The Su-35’s need to carry ordinance outside the fuselage is a slight disadvantage, but in general, the first plane to score a clean hit will win.



The Su-35 can carry 12 missiles, while the F-22 carries just eight, but as Justin Bronk from the Royal United Services Institute notes in an interview with Hushkit.net, the Su-35 usually fires salvos of six missiles with mixed seekers, meaning the 12 missiles only really provide two credible shots.



The F-22 could engage the Su-35 from farther away as it is harder to detect due to its stealth advantage, so it could potentially make more economical use of its missiles.

Stealth



    A US Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, January 27, 2016.

    US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook



This is where things get interesting: In the arena of stealth, the F-22 is head and shoulders above any other operational jet in the world right now.



For perspective, the Su-35’s radar cross-section (area visible to radar) is between 1 and 3 square meters, or about the size of a large dinner table. The F-22’s radar cross section is about the size of a marble.



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