PHOTOs: Sukhoi flies 1st production Su-35S

Sukhoi today confirms a 90min flight by test pilot Sergey Bogdan in the first series-production version of the Su-35S, which has 48 orders from the Russian air force. As the latest improvement of the Su-27/30MKI Flanker series, the Su-35S integrates the higher-thrust and -trust vector control authority of the NPO Saturn 117S engine, full fly-by-wire control system and increased service-life titanium structure. Gone are the canards and air brake of the Su-30MKI.

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All photos courtesy of Sukhoi.

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3 Responses to PHOTOs: Sukhoi flies 1st production Su-35S

  1. John S. 5 May, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Looking at those rather large wingtip “missile rails,” is this the Growler-ski?

  2. BDF 5 May, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Looks like the gun port now has a door on it. No doubt to reduct frontal RCS. Very interesting.

  3. sferrin 5 May, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    @ John S.: They’re anti-flutter weights. All Flankers have them.

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