Although the Iranian military claimed to have shot down and intercepted three drones, its air-to-air defense system consisting of ground warning radars, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-aircraft guns and air force fighter jets failed to intercept and destroy incoming drones outside the border. The man-machine has exposed the existence of loopholes in Iran’s air defense system, or obvious deficiencies.
The Iranian military announced that it will purchase and equip Russian-made Su-35 fighter jets and plans to receive the first batch of this “Super Flanker” high-performance fighter jet from Sukhoi in March this year.
The Su-35 is the ultimate improved model of the Su-27. It uses the AL-41F1S turbofan engine. The nozzle at the tail can be rotated to achieve rolling yaw at various angles. It has excellent maneuverability, which is beyond doubt.
There are 12 hardpoints on the aircraft, which can carry Russian-made long-range air-to-air missiles with a range of nearly 200 kilometers. There is a “Snow Leopard-E” phased array radar with a detection range of 400 kilometers, which can track 30 targets simultaneously and launch attacks on the 8 most threatening targets among them. It can attack Western non-stealth fighters such as F-16 from an advantage.
Many military fans on the Chinese Internet express deep regret that the Iranian military did not purchase and equip the J-10C fighter jets produced by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation. Many tweets have said that Iran’s purchase of the Russian-made Su-35 might as well purchase the J-10C.
For quite a long time, the Iranian military has been equipped with legal-made Mirage F.1, American-made F-4D/E, F-5E/F and F-14A, Soviet (Russian)-made MiG-29, Chinese-made J-7 Fighter experience.
In the actual use process, to be honest, the maximum take-off weight of a single engine is 9 tons, there are only 5 external pylons, the bomb load is about 1 ton, and the combat radius is 600 kilometers. The performance is weaker than the above-mentioned other fighters, which undoubtedly left a very deep impression on the Iranian military.
Under the sanctions imposed by the United States and the West on Iran, it is impossible for the United States and France to provide the fighter planes Iran needs, so they can only import them from major aviation manufacturing countries such as China and Russia. For the Iranian military, which has a bad impression of the use of the Chinese J-7 fighter, it is most natural to purchase the Russian-made Su-35 and abandon the J-10C.
The Iranian military does not want to use single-engine fighters anymore but has a soft spot for dual-engine fighters. This is why the Iranian military abandoned the J-10C, which is extremely cost-effective and has no weak comprehensive combat performance, and chose the Russian-made dual-engine Su-35, The important reason for the fighter.
There is no need for Chinese netizens to worry about the fact that the Iranian military chose to purchase the Russian-made Su-35 and abandon the J-10C. Whether it is the J-10C or the Su-35, it is important for the Iranian military to improve its air force’s real combat performance. It doesn’t make much sense.
Iran’s main opponent in the Middle East is Israel. Its air force is equipped with about 900 fighters of various types, mainly F-15C/D, F-16C/D/ and other main models, and also equipped with dozens of F -35 This joint attack/fighter with stealth performance.
The US-made F-35 stealth fighter equipped by the Israeli Air Force is in front of Iran’s air defense system. If it enters an uninhabited territory, Iran’s warning radar cannot lock the F-35 so that it can be shot down with anti-aircraft guns, anti-aircraft missiles, and fighter planes. An absolutely crushing situation has been formed against Iran, and the Iranian military can only stare at the long-distance air strikes.
The procurement of equipment does not have stealth performance, and the Russian-made Su-35, which is technically inferior to the F-35, even purchases the J-10C with more advanced airborne avionics equipment. For the Iranian Air Force, at least at this stage, it is not enough. No supplement.
For the Iranian military, the most urgent need is to have a stealth fighter that can compete with the Israeli F-35, to relieve the long-term depression in its heart-it completely has repeatedly encountered Israeli air strikes, and the dumb eats coptis.
However, the reality is extremely cruel. Russia’s stealthy Su-57 and Sukhoi’s snail-like mass production speed cannot guarantee the procurement of equipment for the country’s air and space forces, so it is impossible to provide Iran with Su-57 stealth fighter.
The Chinese military is equipped with the J-20 developed by Chengfei, which can be called the “heavy weapon of the country”. The equipment scale has exceeded 200, but the military said it is still insufficient. You have to provide hundreds of Chengfei, so selling it to the public is impossible. Sale.
The FC-31 stealth fighter developed by Shen Fei can be sold abroad. The problem is that Shen Fei has concentrated all his time and energy on the most critical configuration project of the “Fujian” aircraft carrier – the “Hai Wu” stealth carrier-based aircraft J-35 with stealth performance. It is possible to realize the export of FC-31 stealth fighter.
The Iranian military can only purchase four-and-a-half-generation Russian-made twin-engine Su-35 fighters with relatively high flight quality and not weak comprehensive combat performance to improve the strength of its air force fleet. The replacement is already outdated. The US-made mentioned above and legal fighters have long exceeded their service life and lack airframe spare parts.