Russia Offers Su-35 Fighter Jets to Turkey After Its Expulsion from F-35 Program

Russia’s Rostec State Corporation is ready to supply Su-35 fighter jets to Turkey if Ankara expresses an interest in their purchase, TASS news agency cited Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov as saying on Thursday.

On June 17, the White House released a statement saying that the the recent delivery of the Russian S-400 Triumf advanced air defense systems to Turkey rendered the country’s continued participation in the U.S.-led F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program “impossible”.

“Unfortunately, Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible. The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities”, said the statement.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on the U.S. to reconsider the decision to exclude Turkey from the F-35 program.

Sukhoi Su-35

Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) is a heavy, single-seat, twin-engine, supermaneuverable 4++ generation multirole fighter aircraft, based on Su-27 fighter jets.

The jet, which is part of Su-27 family, is designed by Sukhoi and built by Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO).

The Su-35 is powered by two Saturn Izdeliye 117S (AL-41F1S) turbofan engines with thrust-vectoring nozzles. The engine reportedly gives the Su-35 the ability to supercruise – sustain supersonic speed without the use of afterburners.

The Su-35 is equipped with N035 Irbis-E passive electronically-scanned array (PESA) radar. It is capable of detecting an aerial target with radar cross-sections of 3m2 up to 400 km (250 mi) away and can track thirty airborne targets and engage eight of them simultaneously. The multi-function radar is also capable of mapping the ground using synthetic aperture mode.

The fighter has 12 external hardpoints, enabling a payload of 8,000 kg. In addition to the multitude of air-to-ground weaponry, the multi-role Su-35 can deploy air-to-air missiles of up to 300 km (190 mi) range and can carry the heavy P-800 Oniks anti-ship cruise missile.

The first experimental Su-35 was unveiled at MAKS 2007 air show. The aircraft made its international debut at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

The aircraft is currently in operation with Russia and China, and is also ordered by Indonesia.

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