Russian defense ministry shows off Su-35S maneuverability

By Ryan Maass   |   Feb. 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Russian Ministry of Defense recently demonstrated the flight capabilities of its Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighter jet.

In a video released by the ministry, an Su-35S takes off from a runway and performs various flight maneuvers.

The Su-35S is a revamped version of the Su-35, a plane built to replace Soviet-era Su-27 fighters. The Russian government and its state-owned aerospace enterprise Sukhoi market the aircraft as a 4++-generation fighter.

The single-seat jet is powered by twin 117S engines developed by NPO Saturn Research Association. Sukhoi says the engines use 5th-generation technologies to boost special-mode thrust capabilities by 16 percent.

The Su-35S features a 4,970-pound ordnance payload capacity with 12 weapon stations, and is designed to carry long-range air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles. The plane also comes equipped with an updated radar control system featuring a phased antenna array.

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