American pilot shared his impressions after a training battle with the Su-30

An American pilot who piloted an F-18D fighter shared his impressions of three training battles with the Su-30MKM of the Malaysian Air Force. He published a video made from the cockpit of his aircraft and commented on what was happening on it.

The US Air Force pilot noted that the Su-30MKM is a modification of the Su-30 (according to NATO codification: Flanker-C - “Flanker-C” - a double multi-purpose fighter of generation 4+ gaining dominance in the air), a beautiful aircraft and a formidable enemy. Su-30 MKM has excellent maneuverability and is well managed.

The American noticed that the Su-30MKM is better armed than the F-18D and equipped with excellent engines. For these qualities, the Su-30MKM reminded him of the all-weather F-15 Eagle "Eagle".

The pilot said that the empty weight of the Su-30MKM is 18,8 tons, and the F-18D's is 10,4 tons. Consequently, the Su-30MKM can stay in the air much longer, taking with it more fuel and ammunition.

He admitted that he had a chance to lose several times. In one of the battles, he had the opportunity to launch a missile on the Su-30MKM. In terms of the complexity of aerial combat, he compared the Su-30MKM with the fifth generation F-22 Raptor Raptor.

The American explained that his tactics were simple, given the circumstances. He tried at certain times to slow down the F-18D and catch the fast and nimble “advanced Russian”. However, the Su-30MKM regularly slipped away, using its engines with a controlled thrust vector, causing admiration for a professional pilot.

It's just great what he does ... flies like an air show

- said the American when the Su-30MKM turned 90 degrees in front of his eyes.

We remind you that the two-seater Su-30 was developed in the late 1980s. The Malaysian Air Force has 18 Su-30MKMs. This fighter is a version of the Su-30MKI supplied by the Indian Air Force. As for the F-18D, it is a two-seater combat training version of the upgraded F / A-18C Hornet Hornet, a carrier-based fighter-bomber and attack aircraft developed in the 1970s.
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  1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 18 July 2020 11: 57
    The deck, even 10 tons, loses to a 20-ton universal aircraft purely constructively. An ejection launch and landing with an aerofinisher require significant reinforcement of the chassis and power set. Together with small engines (10 tons of everything) is less maneuverable. And with full combat load - generally seams!
    By the way, to level the chances of the F-35 with the F-16 in a training battle, additional tanks were suspended to the latter. Empty, but they slow down pretty well. What can you do for advertising ...
    1. Ivanbesmert Offline Ivanbesmert
      Ivanbesmert (Ivan) 19 July 2020 21: 08
      Actually, on this video, the F-18D 3 times went to the position for attacking the Su-30MKM (accordingly, on this video the SU-30 lost 3 times), which was stated by the author of the video in each case.
      PS The editor of this news should take into account that some people speak English :)
      1. Alexey Sergeev Offline Alexey Sergeev
        Alexey Sergeev (Alexey Sergeev) 23 July 2020 08: 55
        And this confirms the fact that the presence of super-maneuverability does not give a 100% guarantee of victory even in close combat, with modern missiles. Only if the "knightly" battle on some air cannons.
        About the language: No wonder some people suggest removing it from the school curriculum. smile
      2. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
        Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 23 July 2020 10: 33
        Quote: Ivanbesmert
        3 times went to attack positions

        3 times American and 9 times Malaysian. winked
    2. Alexey Sergeev Offline Alexey Sergeev
      Alexey Sergeev (Alexey Sergeev) 23 July 2020 08: 53
      You obviously missed an important detail: Su-30 MKM have OVT engines. A regular Su-27 would be even more "brake" (due to its greater mass) in close combat with such.
      The conclusion is obvious: we need correct group tactics and an emphasis on combat at medium / long distances for the F-18.
    3. Alexey Sergeev Offline Alexey Sergeev
      Alexey Sergeev (Alexey Sergeev) 23 July 2020 09: 07
      About the F-16 and F-35 is a myth, it's just that the first has a lower range and flies to the place of the exercises with suspended ones. In battle - always drops.
      The maneuverability of these aircraft (for the F-35A) is approximately the same.
  2. Well, we can do it when we want! Keep it up!
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  3. Michael I Offline Michael I
    Michael I (Michael I) 18 July 2020 19: 52
    Found something to compare. The difference between these aircraft is 15-20 years. The Su-30 must be compared to the Super Hornet. Or "Hornet" to compare with the MiG-29.
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    2. Alexey Sergeev Offline Alexey Sergeev
      Alexey Sergeev (Alexey Sergeev) 23 July 2020 08: 55
      And the same F / A-18E / F does not have OBT, so the comparison is not entirely correct. But "Super" has more solutions to reduce visibility.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 19 July 2020 00: 36
    about three training battles

    he lost a few times

    He blew all 3 fights? Something is not directly said, but somehow with a sub-secret ...
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  5. Barmaley_2 Offline Barmaley_2
    Barmaley_2 (Barmaley) 19 July 2020 01: 36
    Yeah, the only trick is that before the close battle Sushka will still have to survive and fly. And this is a big question.
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