F-15EX vs Su-35: who will win the Indian tender

The Indian Air Force has announced a tender for the purchase of a heavy fighter. Russia and the United States have traditionally become the main competitors in the struggle for a lucrative contract. However, already now some experts are "predicting" a victory for our Su-35 over the American F-15EX, since the latter allegedly does not meet modern challenges and does not provide a solid defense.

Based on the technical characteristics, the "American" is a little faster and more versatile, and our aircraft is noticeably more maneuverable and modern. But how are things really?

The F-15EX is capable of a maximum speed of Mach 2,5, while the Su-35S is capable of Mach 2,25. At the same time, the Russian fighter is 35% more maneuverable than its foreign competitor.

In terms of armament, the F-15EX takes in quantity (22 missiles versus 14), but inferior in quality. The maximum range of the American AIM-120D missiles is 180 km, while our R-37s will reach a target at a distance of 400 km.

But the main advantage of the Russian combat aircraft is its onboard electronics. The latest American phased array radar is capable of seeing a target at a distance of 145 km within plus or minus 60 degrees in azimuth, and our Irbis-E radar will detect the "enemy" at a distance of 300 km at plus or minus 120 degrees along the course and 145 km within plus or minus 270 degrees. The S-35 is also better in terms of target designation: 8 targets versus 6 for the F-15EX.

In general, our fighter outperforms its American competitor in most parameters. At the same time, the Su-35 is almost half the price of the F-15EX. However, the Indians still have to choose, so it is difficult to say who will win this tender.

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  1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 22 May 2021 12: 32
    The Gypsies always win the loot, who will roll back the most
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 May 2021 12: 38

    What is this "latest phased array radar" if it sees only 145 km? it's not even the last generation ...
    1. Herman 4223 Offline Herman 4223
      Herman 4223 (Alexander) 22 May 2021 19: 43
      Energy is not enough. Or a mistake by the author.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 May 2021 21: 39
        Energy - hardly, not the 60s though.
        Since we wiped off the 1st sentence - rather, the author's flaw.

        Our people also praised AFAR, and as soon as the people of the glades, that except for SU57, it was nowhere to be found, they said that the PFAR was even cooler. Which is strange, but possible.

        Well, in the reviews on the military sites, others flashed for general cases ...
  3. Alexander K_2 Offline Alexander K_2
    Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 22 May 2021 20: 01
    I would like to be wrong, but the Americans would have won. And India most likely will not buy ANY "letak" now, People will die with them, they WILL be buried!
  4. Hayer31 Offline Hayer31
    Hayer31 (Kashchei) 23 May 2021 14: 11
    And how much does one hour of flight each cost? How many hours is the engine life? With this, you can determine which one is cheaper.
    Not just the price of the plane.