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Our magazine has covered the Su-35’sfeatures in detail (see Take-off, June 2007,p. 46–53). Therefore, let us only touch onits principal features setting it apart fromother aircraft of the Su-27/Su-30 family being popular on global market and on theprogramme progress over the past year.Mention should be made outright thatthe differences are far more numerous thanmeets the eye, with the Su-35 resemblingthe usual Su-27 and Su-30MK in outwardappearance only. Virtually all elements of its structure, systems, powerplant, avionicsand weapons suites have been modified with an extensive use of design solutions borrowed from the current fifth-generationfighter development programme. This is areason for calling the Su-35, essentially, anall-new aircraft.The airframe was modified heavily tomeet the requirements for the assigned lifeextension up to 6,000 flying hours, service lifeextension up to 30 years, an increase in thefuel load and introduction of latest aircraftand avionics systems. The fuselage, wing andempennage basic components were reinforcedto this end in the first place. The introductionof the advanced Tikhomirov-NIIP’s Irbis-Eradar and mid-air refuelling system resultedin a modified design and layout of the forwardfuselage. The aft-cockpit avionics bay wasshortened, and the remaining volume nowhouses an extra fuel cell. The upper surface of the fuselage centre section lacks the air brake, with his job now being handled by differentially operated rudders. The rudders were enlargedand now have the vertical trailing edge, whilethe tail tips are made of metal.The central and side tail booms haveextra room to house fuel. The fuel loadgrew by more than 2 t, totalling 11,500 kg.In addition, the Su-35 is the first in theFlanker family able to carry two drop tanks2,000 litres each. Another first for the aircraftof the type is the Aerosila TA14-130-35gas-turbine auxiliary power unit (APU) inthe fuselage tail section (previously, eachengine had had a starter APU of its own).The TA14-130-35 is designed to start theengines and provide power supply and air conditioning of the equipment and cockpitduring maintenance autonomously. Thefighter also has an integral oxygen generationunit to enhance its self-contained operationcapabilities. To reduce its radar signature,the aircraft makes an extensive use of radio-absorbing materials, and the cockpit
The second prototype of the advanced Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter completed its maiden flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur,Russia’s Far East, on 2 October 2008, controlled by the Sukhoi design bureau’s test pilot Sergey Bogdan, an Honoured TestPilot of the Russian Federation. The mission lasted about an hour. Sergey Bogdan tested the operation of fighter’s powerplantand fly-by-wire system in various modes, examined its stability and controllability and became completely satisfied with theaircraft’s performance. It means that already two Su-35 prototypes are undergoing flight tests now with the third one to jointhem soon. The first Su-35 aircraft made its maiden flight earlier this year, on 19 February, and have successfully fulfilledmore than 40 test sorties by the beginning of October. Joining the second flying prototype to flight test programme enablesto fasten Su-35’s testing process that is to be completed in a couple of years. According to Sukhoi, the full-rate production ofthe cutting-edge 4++ generation fighter and its deliveries to both domestic and foreign users are slated for 2011. “The Su-35entering service will bolster the national defence capability and enable Sukhoi to remain competitive on the global market untilits fifth-generation fighter becomes ready for deliveries”, Sukhoi’s press release emphasises.
TWO PROTOTYPES UNDER TESTS!
TWO PROTOTYPES UNDER TESTS!
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