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Aerial battle over Malaysia: Russian Su-30 fighter dealt with three F-18s [video]

KUALA LUMPUR, (BM) – It is not in vain that Russian military aircraft have earned a high reputation and are in service with many countries around the world.

The Malaysian Air Force conducted a training battle in which the Su-30MKI won a landslide victory over three American-made F-18Ds, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The air battle between the Su-30MKI and a group of three F-18Ds was filmed on a video published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Publishing AVIA.PRO, analyzing the video, notes the highest maneuverability of the Russian fighter, which allowed it to easily defeat the three “Americans”.

The F-18D pilot is particularly impressed with the way the Su-30MKI made a 90-degree turn. The pilot compared a training battle against this aircraft to what he felt during a training battle against the F-22.

AVIA.PRO believes that the US threats to impose sanctions on India if it buys Russian Su-30s is due precisely to the fact that this fighter can not only oppose American aircraft on equal terms, but also defeat them.

Last December, a Su-30 spotted a Chinese stealth fighter J-20

Last december, as we reported, the Chinese military experts, commented on the well-known statements of their Indian neighbors that the Su-30MKI radars have repeatedly detected stealth fighter aircraft J-20 PLA, are trying to find an explanation of the situation.

You can understand the Chinese side, because the very fact that the J-20 was detected by previous generation fighter radars causes great reputation damage to Chinese aircraft. Recall that in China they declare that the J-20 fighter belongs to the fifth generation of combat aircraft.

In India, meanwhile, it has been reported that the discovery and identification of Chinese J-20 fighters has become possible for several reasons.

One of the reasons for Indian specialists is described as follows: in a flight over a mountain range, and it was there (near the border of China and India) that Chinese fighter jets were discovered, the “thermal lensing effect” arose: air streams rising from mountain ranges connected with hot streams air, which was created by the operation of the Chinese J-20 engines.

The emerging “additional thermal anomalies” at certain heights became a factor in determining the availability of aircraft.

How much these statements can in reality explain the reason for the J-20 finding onboard equipment of the Su-30MKI Indian Air Force is an open question. If so, then it turns out that the radar reacted to the same “thermal lens” above the mountain range.

In China, meanwhile, it is noted that the Indian side could simply use information published in the media about combat patrols of the western segment of China’s airspace by J-20 fighters as an option for allegations of “allegedly detecting new generation aircraft.”

That is, first in the Chinese media there are materials about the patrol conducted, and then in the Indian media they write that their pilots on various types of aircraft found J-20 in the air.

All this more closely resembles an episode of information war between neighboring countries, positioning themselves as at least geopolitical competitors.

About Su-30MKI

At the end of November 1996, the first contract was signed for the supply of Su-30MKI strike aircraft to India. Some points were changed, in particular, the avionics included the Topaz Doppler-coherent radar, SPO-32, an optical-electronic sighting navigation complex, liquid crystal multifunctional screens, an OK system and a Pastel target radar radiation receiver.

The Sukhoi Design Bureau and IAPO jointly modernized the aircraft, installing PGO and new AL-31FP engines on it. Reinforced the chassis with a pair of wheels. The first prototype of the Su-30MKI was flown into the sky in July 9 of the year. It was piloted by test pilot V.Yu. Averyanov.

The most obvious difference between an airborne vehicle is the availability of an all-weather digital N011M radar. It is this radar system that is the gap between fourth and fifth generation fighters.

H011M detects a fighter class target in the teaching staff at a distance of 350 km, and within 200 km it helps to capture the target. Also, this radar can be used as a system of mini-AWACS, simultaneously accompany 20 targets and 8 of them attack.

The second experimental car was designed in early December 97. In March of the following year, he took to the skies. Both samples were demonstrated at an air parade in Tushino (August 16, 1998).

About F-18D

F / A-18D is a two-seater combat training version of the F / A-18C.

The Hornet is an American carrier-based fighter-bomber and attack aircraft developed in the 1970s. Today it is the main combat aircraft of the US Navy. It is in service with a number of countries in Europe and Asia; it was used in military operations in Libya, Iraq, and Yugoslavia.

In a number of sources, the aircraft is referred to as F-18, however, this designation was abolished in 1982. The correct designation of an aircraft in the US military after 1982, according to the official DoD 4120.15-L aircraft designation list, May 12, 2004 of the US Department of Defense, is FA-18.

However, spelling without a slash is not common and is usually not found in airline directories. The designation F-18 is officially used by the Finnish Air Force.

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