Boeing F18 Super Hornet vs Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker E


F-18 Super Hornet

The Super Hornet is the successor of the ‘Classic’ Hornet.The Boeing F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are twin-engine carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft . The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet.

The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapon. With three drop tanks of 480 USG, full internal fuel, combat fuel and reserve reserves, 8 AMRAAM AIM-120 and Sideminder AIM-9 of 2, the aircraft has a point intersection radius that exceeds 650 NMI. Like the F/A-18A-D, the F / A-18E / F was designed from the ground up for a dual mission bomber environment.

The extended wings have three anchor points each, normally loaded with a pair of 480 internal USG tanks and weapons in the pair of external stations. Sidewinder rail with wing tip is retained.Until recently, the Super Hornets were delivered with the Raytheon APG-73 radar, similar to the F / A-18A / B HUG radar. The most recent deliveries include the new APG-79 Active Electronically Steered Array radar (AESA). It is considered that the APG-79 has a slightly better performance range than the AESA APG-81 AESA joint combat, but lower than the larger APG-77 of the F-22A.

The Super Hornet is equipped with a new defensive countermeasure system EWSP system AN / ALQ-124 (IDECM), which includes the towed lure ALE-50, more capable than the inherited package in the ‘Classic’ hornets of the USA. UU Or RAAF.Therefore, there is little similarity between the Super Hornet and Hornet ‘Classic’ variants.

To finish this article we must know who has the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet in their ranks and these are the United States and Australia. The United States has over 20 squadrons and Australia with a squad of F / A-18F and another of EA-18G.


Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker E

In the above video The Sukhoi SU-35 made a stunning performance at the Paris Air Show 2013.The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is a russian 4 ++ generation fighter.Sukhoi Su-35 is single-seat, twin-engine, highly-maneuverable aircraft .It is improved derivative of SU-27 FIGHTER JET .SU-35 has 2 powerful AL-41F1S engines manufactured by Saturn Lyulka, with TVC (vector nozzles) in 3D (up-down, right-left) for maximum maneuverability if needed, also has FADEC technology (Full Authority Digital Engine Controls)

RADARS: The Su-35S has 3 powerful and advanced radars.An ESA (hybrid between PESA and AESA) X-band radar called N035 Irbis-E, is currently the most powerful radar in the world , with a range of 400km for an aircraft with RCS 3m ^ 2 located on the nose of the fighter, this radar can detect a cruise missile and tactical UAVs of low radar signature (RCS of 0.01m ^ 2) at 90 km.The Su-35S also has two AESA L-band radars in the wing extensions, the N035L, these AESA radars have as their main function, detect Stealth aircraft (LO and VLO), in addition to acting as EW (jamming) for the enemy communications and as long-range IFF and many other functions, all this at great distances, in addition to being able to geolocate them

IRST SENSORS: The Su-35S has an advanced IRST system, the OLS-35 this OLS consists of IRST, laser rangefinder and TV camera, 3 in 1, can detect up to 90km (back of the target) and up to 50km (front of the target ), and follow up to 4 targets simultaneously.

CABIN: The cockpit is given by two large color screens with BACKUP, it has an open and modular architecture, it also lacks analogue indicators since it is 100% digital.

MWS AND EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS: The Su-35S, like the other 4 ++ generation aircraft, has several passive and active fifth generation sensors distributed throughout the plane, in order to collect information from their environment such as ELINT, advanced RWR, MAWS, etc. The KNIRTI SAP-518 Khibiny-M system is the new ECM / EW pod that equips for the self protection of the fighter, or the KNIRTI SAP-14 that acts as a noise jammer similar to the AN / ALQ-99E that equip the EA-18G.

AERODYNAMICS: The Su-35S is very agile even if it did not have any TVC, this is due to the fact that the “airframe” (fuselage) has been reinforced, as well as the use of composite materials for non-structural elements, such as the dome, wheel the nose, the door and the flaps. Some of the structures of the fuselage are carbon fiber and lithium-aluminum alloy. On the other hand, the extreme maneuverability of the Flanker, is due to the integrated control system, where all the moving parts are synchronized.

RCS OF su-35: The Su-35S, unlike the previous Flankers, has a low radio signature, so it is classified as LO (Low Observability), where its RCS is close to 2m ^ 2 (it can vary) in “clean” configuration, this it is due to an increase of composite materials, streamlined and refined aerodynamic design and the use of RAM (Radar Absorbent Material) paints, when carrying armaments, the RCS of the Su-35S increases, but not significantly because of the missiles and pumps, they are also placed RAM paint.

LOAD CAPACITY: The Su-35S can carry a large amount of weapons, as well as a wide variety of weapons such as air-to-air / air-to-ground missiles, guided bombs and unguided bombs on 12-14 pylons

GLOBAL STRIKE CAPABILITY: The Su-35S, from its conception, has great internal capacity of fuel, including protection against explosions, which is why practically never has been seen with external tanks, unlike Western aircraft that we often see them with tanks in pairs, and that in turn is a disadvantage for two reasons:

a) It removes space for more armament, and

b) Because it limits the maneuverability of the fighter and increases the drag (resistance) to a great extent, where it generates greater consumption and power in the engines (even though these can be launched before a combat )

This does not mean that the Su-35S can not carry external fuel tanks, in fact if it can, as well as become a “tanker” if necessary.


Super Hornet vs Su 35 Dogfigth

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