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Russian fighter jets such as the Su-35 and MiG-35 might share the same number in the end, but that doesn’t mean the two are cut from the same cloth.
Su-35s are primarily designed for air superiority missions, excelling in air-to-air engagements. Its advanced radar and targeting systems (like the Irbis-E radar) enable it to simultaneously detect and engage numerous enemy aircraft without any problems.
On the other hand, the MiG-35, which is also capable of air superiority missions, emphasizes air defense and interception operations more. The aircraft’s agility and speed allow it to fulfill various tasks, making it more versatile and adaptable to different combat scenarios.
Moreover, the MiG-35 offers several advantages over the Su-35. Its smaller size and more straightforward systems result in lower acquisition and maintenance costs than the larger and more complex SU-35.
Most importantly, the Su-35 lacked a dedicated stealth feature and was not designed to have a reduced radar cross-section. In comparison, the MiG-35 incorporates radar-absorbent materials and reduced infrared and optical signatures to help reduce its visibility to radar.