The Ukrainian Air Force Claims One Of Their MiG-29 s Has Shot Down A Russian Su-35 Today
According to the Ukrainian armed force, the Fulcrum downed the Flanker derivative over Kherson area previously today.
” Today, May 27, around 14.00 o’clock a MiG-29 fighter of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down a Russian fighter Su-35, which presented a danger to Ukrainian airplane in the sky of Kherson area”. This is the really brief text that has actually been launched couple of hours back on Telegram and other socials media by the Ukrainian Air Force.
No extra information about the aerial engagement in the area simply north of Crimea has actually been offered yet; nor have any pictures of clips revealing the ultimate wreckage of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) Su-35 Flanker-E have actually emerged on social networks to confirm the claims.
If verified, this would be the 2nd Su-35 S the Russians have actually lost in the air war over Ukraine: the very first Su-35 S Flanker-E crashed near Izium, in eastern Ukraine, some 120 kilometers to the southeast of Kharkiv, on April 3,2022 According to the Ukrainian sources, that Su-35 S was likewise shot down by the Ukrainian air defenses, although this could not be confirmed. At that time, the remains of a Kh-31 anti-radiation rocket (ARM) might likewise be IDed amongst the remains of the Flanker, recommending the airplane may have been charged with a SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) objective, to disable the opponent ground-based air defense systems radars.
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According to Ukraine’s General Staff, Russia has actually lost an overall of 206 fight airplane, 170 helicopters, 503 UAVs, and 115 cruise rockets in the skies over Ukraine because the start of the Russian intrusion. Independent sources have actually had the ability to validate the loss or damage of 27 airplane and 43 helicopters, up until now.
On the other side, Russian MOD’s representative Igor Konashenkov has just recently stated that “In overall, given that the start of the unique military operation, 178 airplane, 125 helicopters, 995 unmanned aerial automobiles, 320 air defense systems, 3,243 tanks and other armored fight automobiles, 425 several rocket launchers, 1,658 field weapons and mortar weapons, along with 3,124 systems of unique military cars have actually been damaged”.
We have actually thoroughly discussed in the past here at The Aviationist, why all claims originating from both celebrations should be taken with a grain of salt nowadays.
The Su-35S” Flanker E” is the 4 + + generation variation of the Su-27 Flanker airplane.
The multirole airplane functions thrust-vectoring, radar-absorbent paint, Irbis-E passive digitally scanned selection radar, IRST( Infra-Red Search and Track), the Khibiny radar jamming system in addition to the capability to utilize some intriguing weapons, consisting of the ultra-long variety R-37 M air-to-air rocket that might target HVAA( High Value Air Assets) such as AWACS and tanker airplane.
Although more modern-day and much better equipped than the Ukrainian Fulcrums, a Su -35 S can still discover in several MiG-29 s a quite tough challenger and the truth that a Flanker was apparently shot down by a Ukrainian Air Force Fulcrum is not unexpected at all: the downing of a challenger in a dogfight is nearly never ever a matter of technology/capability of the airplane however a mix of training, abilities, external assistance, methods and, often, luck. Likewise thanks to the assistance got in the last years from the California Air National Guard through the State Partnership Program (SPP), Ukrainian AF has actually currently shown to be well ready and able to make it through and run even if the Russian Air Force surpasses the Ukrainians nearly10 to 1, and to “counter punch” the Russians every now and then.
Anyway, let’s see if extra information about this supposed air-to-air kill emerge.
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