F-15E Strike Eagle vs SU-35 Flanker – Which would win?
In modern battlefield, perhaps the most advanced threat is the F-15 is likely to encounter is Russia SU-35. while there are many fifth generation fighter in development. these aircraft are likely to be too expensive to ever become a commonplace. the SU-35 is a genuinely dangerous war plane and in many metrics it matches or even exceeds the capabilities of the latest variant of the F-15.
let’s compare the United States F-15 against Russia SU-35 and try to determine which would most likely win in a hypothetical match-up.
The F-15E Strike Eagle is the latest and all-weather multirole strike fighter derived from the F-15 Eagle, which has long been hailed as the most successful fighter jet in the history, boasting an undefeated air-to-air combat record of more than 100 aerial victories. F-15E was first introduced in 1989. Around 513 F-15Es have been built so far with per unit cost of $138M. The F-15E is crewed by a pilot and a weapon systems officer. The empty weight of the aircraft is 45,000lb and it can take-off with maximum weight of 81,000lb. The jet is powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney low-bypass turbofan engines, which produce around 58,000 pounds of thrust combined. These engines can push the aircraft to top speed of 1,875mph. With ferry range of 3,500mi this aircraft can combat within the radius of 1,221mi. F-15E can climb at the rate of 833 ft/sec and can reach at maximum altitude of 65,000ft. The fighter jet comes with 11 Hardpoints. The aircraft is also armed with a 20mm 6-barreled rotary cannon. On the other hand, SU-35 is based on Su-27 fighter jet. SU-35 was first rolled out in 2014. Around 119 SU-35s have been built so far with per unit cost of $91M. Operated by a crew of 1, the aircraft comes in at weight of 41,888lb and can take-off with maximum weight of 76,059lb. SU-35 is powered by 2 afterburning turbofan engines producing 64,000 pounds of thrust combined. With the help of these engines the aircraft can fly at top speed of 1,726mph. With ferry range of 2,800mi, the aircraft can conduct combat operations within the radius of 994mi. The jet can climb at the rate of 919 ft/sec and can reach at maximum altitude of 59,000ft. The aircraft is outfitted with 12 hard-points in addition to a 30mm auto-cannon.
F-15E’s superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through low wing loading and high engine thrust-to-weight ratio. Low wing-loading combined with higher thrust-to-weight ratio enables the aircraft to turn tightly without… In contrast SU-35 has huge lead in this category against its adversary. The aircraft is an exceptionally maneuverable machine, also credited as one of the most agile aircraft ever built…
3. Radar & Avionics
The F-15E have been upgraded with the APG-82 active electronically scanned array radar. The range of the radar is classified. However, some defense analysts believe that this radar has far greater range and performance as compared with the legacy radars… On the other hand, SU-35 employs the powerful Irbis-E radar, which can even detect low-observable stealth aircraft, UAVs and missiles with RCS of 0.01m² at range of 56mi. It can detect 30 airborne targets with RCS of 3m² at range of 249mi and can engage 8 of them…
The Strike Eagle is armed with combinations of air-to-air, air-to-surface and bombs on its 11 hard-points. For BVR engagements, F15E can use AIM-120 with range in excess of 100 miles. For short range, the aircraft can use AIM-7M and AIM-9X sidewinder missiles. The AIM-9X missile is capable to lock on to a target that is in its field of regard up to 90 degrees off-boresight… On the other hand, SU-35 has 12 weapon stations, consisting of 2 wingtip rails and 10 wing and fuselage stations with a carrying capacity of 17,637lb in combinations of rockets, missiles and bombs. At medium range the SU-35 can use K-77M radar guided missiles with range of 120 miles. For shorter range engagements, the R-74 infrared guided missile is capable of targeting off boresight.
Both fighter jet can carry a wide range of weapons ranging from high off bore sight to long range missiles. the Russian jet has an extra long range missiles with range and excess of 240 miles. however for BVR engagements it depands on radar capability and pilot skills to detect its opponent first.