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Shock and Awe: Why Russia’s Sukhoi Su-35 Fighters are Nightmare for Iran’s Adversaries

“The combat characteristics of the Super Flanker Su-35 provide it with capabilities to deal with air, ground and sea targets,” Iranian military expert Mohammad-Hassan Sangtarash told Sputnik. “This aircraft will be especially effective if Iran can install original weapons on it. The Super Flanker Su-35 can play the role of a combat mini-AWACS, and if connected to Iran’s radar network, it will acquire unique point defense capabilities. If Iran purchases technologies and kicks off joint massive production [of the Su-35], it can gain a certain advantage over the fighters and warships of countries neighboring Iran.”The Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO: Super Flanker or Flanker E) is a single-seat, twin-engine, super-maneuverable aircraft, designed for intercepting and destroying all classes of aerial targets in ranged and close air engagements. It has exceptional dogfighting capabilities and can also hit ground and sea-surface targets, including troops and ground infrastructure covered by anti-aircraft weapons and located at a considerable distance from its base airfield.The Su-35 is a version of the Su-27 fighter that has been deeply modernized and incorporates the most successful engineering concepts that previously tested well on the Su-27/Su-30 family of airplanes, according to Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) website.Sangtarash rxplained that the Super Flanker fighters are classified as 4++ fighters and can complement Iranian third and fourth generation fighters.”The Super Flanker has a Saturn 117 engine with a 4000 hour lifespan,” the military expert continued. “This engine has a shorter life and higher maintenance cost than western fighter engines such as the [Eurofighter] Typhoon and the [Dassault] Rafale. However, the Russian engine power is greater than that of its competitors, and among western aircraft, only the F-35 Lightning, a fifth-generation fighter, has the ability to compete with the Super Flanker to some extent.”Even though the cost of maintaining and operating this jet appears to be high for Iran, these costs could be reduced if there are agreements on the joint production of the Su-35 engine in the Islamic Republic, the expert added.According to Sangtarash, the Su-35’s thrust-vectoring system and integrated flight- and propulsion-control systems allow the jet to carry out impressive maneuvers which makes it highly-effective both in close combat and dogfights.At the same time, the Super Flanker’s radars make it capable of detecting targets with the radar cross section (RCS) of a target of 3 meters at a distance of 400 kilometers (248.5 miles), which is truly unique, he noted. When engaged in electronic warfare, the Su-35 is able to detect an F-16 fighter at a distance of 300 km (186.4 miles) and a Tomahawk missile at a distance of 70 km (43.5 miles), due to its Irbis Radar.Forgotten Soviet-Era Fighter Jet ProjectSangtarash noted that Russia and Iran could have started joint production of jet fighters much earlier. He recalled that after the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988), General Mansour Sattari, then the commander of the Iranian Air Force, concluded a series of unique agreements with the Soviet Union.However, now a new chapter in relations between Russia and Iran has begun, they are friends in these difficult times, Sangtarash underscored.Iran Ready to Protect ItselfThe United States and Israel announced that if Iran gets access to modern Russian fighter jets, they could resort to a military scenario against the Islamic Republic. In December, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby lashed out at Moscow over what it called “an unprecedented level of military and technical support” provided by Russia to Iran. Previously, Washington and Tel-Aviv policy-makers have discussed potential strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.”The attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities should be analyzed in two dimensions: firstly, in terms of the power of weapons, and secondly, in terms of political will,” Sangtarash pointed out.According to the Iranian military expert, Tehran’s adversaries will first try to undermine the Islamic Republic’s government, foment a regime change and balkanize the country. Remarkably, the West is harboring the same plans with regard to Russia and China, he noted.Defense Wall Against Western InterventionsMeanwhile, the Iranians are welcoming Tehran’s intent to strengthen ties with Moscow in terms of military technical cooperation and weapons deals, according to Sangtarash.At the same time, deeper cooperation with Russia and gaining new technologies will boost Iran’s defense industry resulting in a substantive economic effect, according to him. The development of cooperation between the two countries in production of drones, cars, fighter jets, helicopters, etc. “will help raise public spirits and strengthen friendship between the two countries,” he stressed.Above all this, the delivery of Russian fighter jets to Iran means building up a defense wall protecting Southwest Asia from the West’s illicit interference, Sangtarash concluded.Original News : https://sputniknews.com/20230120/shock-and-awe-why-russias-sukhoi-su-35-fighters-are-nightmare-for-irans-adversaries-1106503010.html

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