Why Russia Has Deployed Su-35 in Syria

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04, February 2016

tvzvezda.ru – translated For Fort Russ by
Soviet Bear

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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

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.


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

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


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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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