SU-35 VS F-22 Raptors, which is a better fighter jet? According to defence expert Alex Locke, the Russian Su-35 fighter would have overwhelmed American F-22 Raptor fighter jets if they had met in a real air battle. This conclusion was made by the military observer of the publication Business Insider and crisply analysed by EurAsian Times.
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His reasoning began with the recent “encounter” of US and Russian fighters in the skies over Alaska. The F-22 Raptor lacks the armament to dominate the skies, and the Su-30SM and Su-35 against US jets look more powerful. As arguments, the reviewer points out that Russian “SU” carry more ammunition and have better manoeuvrability.
According to the author and secondary research by EurAsian Times, despite the fact that air combat is the key feature of the F-22 Raptors against the Russian Su-35, but in a face-to-face encounter, the US jets would be at a disadvantage. The US’s F-22 stores all its weaponry inside the aircraft and heavily relies on stealth, so coming face to face with an advanced Russian fighter puts it at a great disadvantage.
In addition, F-22 Raptor is also of little use for intercepting enemy aircraft. So, during the interception, the fighter approaches the aircraft that has invaded the airspace and transmits over the radio: “Turn around, or I will have take countermeasures”.
Usually, this is accompanied by a demonstration to a potential enemy of the wing with a missile. “But the F-22 could never do it; because of its stealth design, as all the missiles and bombs are stored inside the aircraft, “the author emphasizes. The US Air Force designed the F-22 to get its kills from concealment and great distance puts it at a great disadvantage when performing a possibly contentious intercept.