What You Need To Know About Russia's Su-35 Fighter Jets that Indonesia Just Purchased
Indonesia has finalized a billion-dollar deal pertaining to the purchase of 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia.
According to Indonesian Defense Ministry spokesman Totok Sugiharto on Saturday, the contract, worth a total of $1.14 billion, was finalized by representatives from both countries in Jakarta.
"Two units of Sukhoi jets will be delivered in August 2018," he added, noting that six more planes would be delivered 18 months after the contract becomes effective, and the remaining three would be delivered five months after that.
Indonesia and Russia entered into a memorandum of understanding over the exchange 11 Russian-made Sukhoi jets for key commodities, such as palm oil, coffee and tea, in August last year, in what Indonesia said was an opportunity to capitalize on international sanctions on Moscow.
Citing the Indonesian media reports. Indonesia’s Minister of Defense, General Ryamizard Ryacudu, will visit Moscow in March to sign the final agreement.
The Saturday (Feb 17) announcement refrained from mentioning the deal's manner of payment.
What about these fighter jets that the least you must know about them? Seasia compiled the trivia and some quick facts about this jet, as follows:
# The Su-35 is Russia’s generation 4++ multirole supersonic super-maneuverable fighter jet developed as a follow-up of Su-27 one-seat planes.
# The work on the Su-27’s modification capable of detecting and striking ground targets (i.e. the work on the full-fledged multirole fighter jet) began at the Sukhoi Design Bureau back in the mid-1980s.
# The first flight of the Su-27M (which was shortly renamed as the Su-35) took place on April 1, 1992.
# By its aerodynamic design, the Su-35 is a two-engine high-wing aircraft featuring retractable tricycle gear with the nose gear strut.
# The plane has a length of 21.95 meters, a wingspan of 14.75 meters and a height of 5.92 meters.
# The fighter jet has a maximum takeoff weight of 34,500 kg, a maximum speed of 2,500 km/h (2.35 Mach), a maximum flying range of 3,600 km without external fuel tanks and 4,500 km with external fuel tanks.
# The fighter jet has a service ceiling of 18,000 meters
# The fighter’s radar can detect targets at a distance of up to 400 km and track 30 air targets at a time. The crew consists of one pilot
# The fighter jet’s 12 hardpoints can carry air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, and also rockets and air bombs of various calibers. The aircraft has a maximum weapons payload of 8 tonnes. It is armed with a GSh-30-1 30mm gun (with an ammunition load of 150 rounds).