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Russia's Su-35 Jet: 'The Best Jet-Age Dogfighter Ever Made'

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Russia's Su-35 multirole fighter jet can be touted as the best dogfighter in history, according to military expert Sebastien Roblin.

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In his article, published by the US magazine National Interest, military expert Sebastien Roblin gave kudos to the Russian Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E) super-maneuverable multirole fighter jet, which he said may be a "deadly adversary" to the F-15, Eurofighter and Rafale.

Some of the Su-35's characteristics are even on a par with those related to fifth generation US warplanes, according to Roblin, who specifically mentioned the Su-35's "remarkable maneuverability."

It makes the Su-35 an "unsurpassed dogfighter," which Roblin wrote "is at least equal — if not superior — to the very best Western fourth-generation fighters."

"The Flanker-E can achieve a maximum speed of Mach 2.25 at high altitude (equal to the F-22 and faster than the F-35 or F-16) and has excellent acceleration," according to him.

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Citing the "big trouble" that the US F-35 stealth fighter will have if it "gets in a short-range duel with a Flanker-E," Roblin also pointed to the Su-35's advanced hardware, including the L175M Khibiny electronic countermeasure system. This is something that he said could "significantly degrade attempts to target and hit" the Su-35.

It is worth noting in this respect that as "the best jet-age dogfighter ever made and a capable missile delivery platform", as Roblin said, the Su-35 added significantly to Russia's air campaign against Daesh terrorists in Syria, which took place between September 2015 and April 2016.

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