No IFF: Russia shoots down its own Su-35 fighter jet in another humiliation for Putin

Russian air defense troops have shot down one of the Su-35 fighter jets in frontline service with the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Russian propagandist Ilya Tumanov confirmed on his influential Fighterbomber channel that the Russian Armed Forces has lost another modern Su-35 fighter jet.

According to Pravda news reports the Su-35 was shot down over Tokmak last night in a friendly-fire incident.

The baseline Su-35 borrows the airframe of the Su-27 fighter but adds a new digital fly-by-wire flight control system, three-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles and uprated AL-41F1S engines pumping out roughly 32,000 pounds of thrust each.

A Russian S-300PMU1 shot down Russian Su-35 in a friendly fire incident. The lack of IFF and data links are two primary reasons Russian air force limits combat sortie over Ukrainian airspace. Photo sky news.

The supersonic fighter jet is armed with a 30-millimeter cannon and has 12 hardpoints and can detect targets at more than 200 kilometers, while its radar can track up to 4 targets simultaneously.

The heavy class, long-range, multi-role one-seat fighter has a maximum speed of 1,500 mph, similar to the Su-27 and has an operational range of 1,940 nautical miles at high altitude.

Russia lacks IFF and Data Links

The lack of identification of friend-or-foe (IFF), networking, and datalink were two primary reasons the Russian Air Force did not operate in a formation and operating within occupied territories of Ukraine.

Captured Russian pilot Andrey Fedorchukov told Ukrainian officials that the Russian Air Force distributed Garmin GPS and Pronebo mobile app to navigate in Ukraine because of the poor quality of Russia’s inaccurate GLONASS guidance system.

Russia used older generation Su-24 and Su-25 in Syria and Ukraine because the newly built Su-35 lacks precision strike capability due to an erroneous GLONASS guidance system.

Most Su-35 fly with older Infrared-seeking and semi-active variants of R-27 because R-77 is in short supply. The lack of competent armament puts Su-35 and Su-57 at a significant disadvantage.

Russia’s domestically delivered production variant Su-57 and MiG-35 are fitted with Soviet-era Irbis-E, and Zhuk-M phased array radar because the Russian prototype AESA radar failed the bench test.

In addition to already poor performance, Irbis-E is vulnerable to jamming by modern electronic warfare suites owing to a smaller bandwidth, which you can tell from inferior SAR resolution.

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