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Russian Su-35S downed over Ukraine

Images of a downed Russian Sukhoi Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) were posted on social media accounts on 3 April. The aircraft went down near the city of Izium in Kharkiv Oblast, eastern Ukraine.

Operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), the single-seat multirole fighter aircraft was believed to have been conducting a Suppression of Enemy Air Defences (SEAD) mission when it went crashed. The Su-35 was armed with Kh-31 air-to-surface anti-radiation missiles. It is not yet clear how the aircraft was brought down, although videos have emerged showing a Russian jet being shot down by Ukrainian forces near Izium on 3 April.

Developed from the Sukhoi Su-27, the Su-35S Flanker-E multirole 4++ generation fighter aircraft entered service with the VKS in February 2014 and is considered Russia’s premier combat aircraft. This is the first confirmed loss of a Su-35S in combat.

Su-35 multirole fighter aircraft

Multirole fighter aircraftSukhoi Design Bureau
Manufacturer:Country of origin:
Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft PlantRussia
First flight:In service:
December 2006February 2014
Russian Air Force, People’s Liberation Army Air Force, Egyptian Air Force1
Max speed:Range:
2,400 km/h1,900 nmi
2 × Saturn AL-41F1S afterburning turbofan enginesLength: 21.9 m; wingspan: 15.3 m; height: 5.9 m
Armament:On-board systems:
1 × internal 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 autocannon; 12 hardpoints consisting of 2 wingtip rails and 10 wing and fuselage stationsIrbis-E passive electronically scanned array radar; OLS-35 infra-red search and track system; L175M Khibiny-M electronic countermeasures system
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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