Su-35S ‘Flanker-E’ is the latest and very likely last version of the formidable Flanker series. It is not to be confused with the Su-35 of the late ’80s, which was the first to be designated Su-35 (aka Su-27M and T-10M). The first new Su-35 prototype, Su-35BM bort number 901, first took to the air in February 2008 and has since entered operational service. Featuring powerful Saturn 117 engines equipped with thrust-vectoring nozzles, reduced RCS, new sensor suit and ability to carry current and future air released weapons, this generation 4++ fighter is a force to be reckoned with. And since I’ve seen a few of its displays in person, I can safely say, it is probably the most maneuverable fighter jet in the world.
The model was built out of the box, with some little scratchbuilt details. You can visit in progress posts by clicking HERE.
Photo that inspired me to build aircraft in this configuration:
original photo Vyacheslav Babaevskiy – http://russianplanes.net/id97785
HD video of Su-35S display last year at Le Bourget salon.