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    February 4, 2016

    Why Russia Has Deployed Su-35 in Syria

    04, February 2016 – translated For Fort Russ by Soviet Bear

    The Syrian operation will be the real test for the Su-35 fighter jet in a range of key indicators. In the unique experiment, "the terminator" will play one of the most important roles in the destruction of ISIS terrorists and ensure the safety of the combat mission of Russian aircraft group at the same time. The SU-35 is one of the most anticipated and needed aircraft of the Russian air force, designed as the ideal tool of aerial combat at high speeds and extreme angles of attack; it is beginning its combat life.

    A test through battle

    "The terminator", "Airwolf" that’s how this plane is called in the media, is craved by creators, manufacturers and all who are even slightly familiar with military aircraft. After the Su-35's stunning demonstration flight at the air show at Paris Le Bourget, no one seems to have questions, except will this plane be used in the future. However, in unique "baptism by fire" that struck the Su-35, according to experts, despite its novelty there will be no easy life for the aircraft, the fighter will be operated as it should be in combat.
    “There will be no modes spared” military commentator Viktor Litovkin explained in an interview with "Zvezda”. Such regimes by definition cannot be used when it comes to war. One of the tasks that these aircraft will need to perform is to check the systems of the aircraft in real combat conditions. They need to check its onboard radio-electronic complex, weapons control system and other onboard systems," - said the expert.

    A Missile shield

    The Su-35 deployed to Syria is not just equipped with advanced weaponry to destroy any intruder, but it also has on board a means of protection in case of a real air war unfolds involving two or more actors in the skies. Attention to the fighters after the treacherous shot by the Turkish F-16 against Russian Su-24M has increased dramatically, and the rapid transfer followed by introduction into the  large "game" of the Su-35 is further proof of it. Onboard the "thirty-five", in addition to the unique radar system able to detect the enemy at distances up to 400 kilometers, there is the complex of radio-electronic suppression "Khibiny-M", its main task is to prevent enemy missiles hitting the plane.


    "This complex allows the suppression of fighter radar and air defense systems," – said military expert Viktor Murakhovsky.

    "Such equipment is one of the key components of the radio-electronic shield of the jet, so the highest attention is payed to the use of this complex, especially in combat" he added. I should add also that the appearance of the Su-35, equipped with advanced weapons and protection systems, as participants of military operations of the Russian ASF in Syria is the first in the history of this aircraft type


    The capabilities of the Su-35 with missiles and a modern radar station is known far outside Russia. Specialists admit that since the advent of the first information about the plane, interest from foreign countries has been tremendous. Unlike other aircraft, the Su-35 multi-role fighter is able to perform multiple tasks that differ substantially from each other. From destruction of ground and air targets to sinking of maritime objects– the  Su-35 can easily perform all these tasks by using special weapons.

    Besides this, the Su-35 can lift up to nine metric tons of payload, which greatly increases the efficiency of each combat sortie of the aircraft. Super-maneuverability is another ACE up the sleeve of the Su-35. Due to the special design of the engines, a controlled vector thrust of the Su-35 is quite capable of  "pivot turning" and to deceive the enemy missiles. The test of the main systems of the aircraft in Syria, according to experts, is not an accident, because the complicated air situation is the best way to test all the onboard electronics of the aircraft in all possible modes.

    "Note that the Western coalition, and the Turkish military is also actively using the radar to monitor the air situation", - says military expert Ilya Kramnik. – Besides the work of onboard systems of the Su-35 in the air space with a lot of different air targets was of particular interest, because you need to figure out exactly how onboard electronics have first-hand experience – how it recognizes, categorizes targets, escorts targets and so on", – the expert added.

    Air Missile Cruiser

    In addition to systems for preventing missile hits and various onboard systems that detect and warn the pilot about a launch, the developers of the Su-35 gave the plane the ability to use all available aircraft missiles, including missiles to attack ground (missiles to destroy enemy radar Kh-58 and Kh-31) and anti-ship missiles Kh-31,Kh-35,Kh-59, which can be launched even in conditions of deployment of active electronic countermeasures by the enemy, as well as unique "Caliber-A " missiles. In addition guided bombs, including the so-called "Polutorka" - guided aerial bombs caliber 1500 kg. can be suspended under the fuselage of the Su-35.

    Attention from abroad

    The appearance of the Su-35 in the airspace of Syria caused concern and raised suspicion not only in Turkey, who flipped out with the destruction of the Russian su-24 by the missile launch "in the back", but in larger and more militarily developed countries. The American agency 'the Washington Times' noted that the Pentagon understands the importance and purpose of the use of Su-35 in Syria, as well as a sober assessment of the possibilities of the new Russian fighter.

    "It's a great plane and very dangerous, especially if there is many of them," reports the Washington Times, a source familiar with the technologies of fifth generation fighters. The publication notes that with the appearance of the Su-35 in the skies of Syria, Russia is sending a very clear signal to all its enemies in the region – the Su-30 and Su-35 fighter aircraft will cover frontline bombers Su-34 and Su-24M and Su-25, and will continue to achieve their goals and to destroy the terrorists in Syria.

    Experts believe that the transfer of Su-35 to Syria solves several issues, including the protection of attack aircraft of the Russian aerospace forces from many threats, ensuring the necessary tests of the plane in combat conditions, as well as increasing the level of training of personnel and increased demand for fighter aircraft from foreign customers. Based on the results of combat tests of the aircraft, it may well form the basis for many technical solutions for aircraft of the fifth generation, tests of which are in the home stretch.
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