Su-34 fighters carried out a launch exercise of the latest anti-aircraft Kh-35U missiles at the Pacific Fleet polygon, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.
“As part of conducting training missions in the Pacific fleet, Su-34 multifunctional fighter-bombers launched the latest anti-aircraft Kh-35U missiles,” the report said.
The launches were carried out with multiple simultaneous targets, simulating a group of ships. The Ministry of Defense noted that individual and multiple launches were carried out on various flight paths.
“In total, eight launches were made, all missiles hit targets successfully,” the department said.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the Kh-35U anti-aircraft missile was designed to eliminate surface targets of various classes without the entry anti-aircraft defense systems into the area of action.
Its maximum range is over 250 kilometers. The ministry underlined that the impact of one of these missiles would be enough to destroy a modern corvette-class combat vessel.
This comes as some days ago Business Insider magazine columnist Alex Lockie claimed the US F-22 fifth-generation heavy fighter is not fit to fight against the best Russian aircraft, nor to intercept border raids.
Recently in the Alaskan sky were brand new fighters from the US Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Force. According to the magazine’s analyst, in case of a fight between the two planes, the Americans would lose a battle between the two air forces.
While the “younger brother” of the F-22 Raptor, the F-35 Lightning II, was designed primarily to attack light targets in the air or bomb ground facilities, representing the class of light assault aircraft, the Raptor aims to ensure air supremacy, aiming to clear and defend airspace over the battlefield, Lockie said.
In turn, in Russia are the Su-30SM and Su-35 high-maneuvering fighters that fulfill this function. Compared to Russian aircraft, the US aircraft pale, not only due to stealth technologies, according to the magazine .