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How powerful is Rafale as compared to Russia’s Su-35S : Specification, Range and Cost.

How powerful is Rafale as compared to Russia's Su-35S : Specification, Range and Cost.

We all enjoy seeing fighter jets because of their speed and fighting capabilities. It is critical for any country to defend its frontline as well as its adversaries. Most countries choose fighter jets for a variety of reasons, and we will compare two fighters in this article. One is a Dassault Rafale fighter plane, and the other is a Sukhoi Su35 fighter plane. Both are prepared for any adversity that may arise during the battle. Let’s see how powerful each of these aircraft is.

Rafale is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft constructed in France. It has a top speed of Mach 1.8, 14 hard points, and is equipped with 190 Kg missiles with a range of more than 100 kilometers.

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It is armed with a 70-kilometer-range air-to-surface missile that can destroy everything within that range, and it is a 10-ton fighter jet with a take-off weight of 24.5 tonnes. Rafael has a range of 3700 kilometres. It has the ability to reach a height of 50,000 feet.

At higher altitudes, the Sukhoi Su-35S can reach Mach 2.25, which is comparable to the F-22 and faster than the F-35 or F-16. The Sukhoi Su-35S can fly at 60,000 feet, which is the same altitude as the F-15 and F-22 and 10,000 feet higher than the Super Hornet, Rafale, and F-35.

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Sukhoi Su 35 is a variant of the Sukhoi Su 27 flanker. Su 35 has two thrust vectoring engines, which are similar to those employed in the F-22 Raptor, a Western aircraft. Su 35s may attack from a number of angles as a result of this.

Sukhoi Su-35S has a range of 2,200 miles with two external fuel tanks, or 2,800 miles with two external fuel tanks. This plane can reach a top speed of 2,390 kilometers per hour. Sukhoi Su-35S has a maximum take-off weight of 34,500 kg and a weight of approximately 18,400 kg.

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In comparison to the F-15C and F-22, the Su 35 has twelve hard points for weapon attachment. It can detect its target from a distance of around 400 kilometers. Its radar, on the other hand, can track up to 30 objects at once. Because to its cutting-edge radar technology, the Sukhoi Su-35S can track up to four ground targets or 30 air targets at once.

The Rafale can carry out air-to-ground strikes, as well as air-to-air attacks and interceptions, in the same sortie thanks to its superior load-carrying capability and innovative mission system.

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It can carry out multiple tasks at once, like as launching air-to-air missiles during a low-altitude penetration phase: a clear display of the Rafale’s genuine “Omnirole” capacity and exceptional survivability.

Due to the fact that Rafale aircraft are operated by “buddy-buddy” refueling missions can be carried out in areas of the airspace where dedicated and vulnerable tanker planes are unable to fly.

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The SPECTRA system detects, identifies, and localizes threats at long distances, allowing the pilot to choose the most effective defensive actions based on a combination of radar jamming, infrared or radar decoying, and evasive maneuvers.

Thales’ new Talios targeting and laser designator pod gives the Rafale full day and night surveillance and laser designator capability with metric precision. It enables the delivery of laser-guided missiles at a stand-off range and altitude.

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Any western fighter plane’s radar can be jammed by the Sukhoi Su 35 radar. There’s also an air to ground mode on the radar, which can detect up to four ground objects at once. Sukhoi claims that it has a fifty-mile range and is equipped with the OLS 35 ragetting system, which includes an infrared search and track system.

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Sukhoi is planned to serve as Russia’s primary fighter until the country’s 5th generation stealth fighter plane is completed. Despite the fact that the Sukhoi Su-35S is not a stealth fighter, it has helped Russia reclaim its status as a modern air force superpower.

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A Su-35 is expected to cost roughly $85 million per unit, while the Rafale fighter is expected to cost more than US$110 million. Both aircraft have distinct options in terms of weapon packages and avionics modifications, so the price may rise even further.

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Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber

Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber
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The United States Air Force (USAF) has unveiled the first photographs of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber in flight.

These images were captured during test flights conducted by the B-21 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, marking a significant milestone in the development of this sixth-generation aircraft.

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Currently undergoing flight tests in California, the B-21 Raider represents the next generation of stealth bombers. With an estimated cost of around $700 million per aircraft, the B-21 Raider is poised to become a crucial component of the USAF’s arsenal for conventional Long Range Strike missions.

According to Air Force briefings, the B-21 Raider will form part of a comprehensive family of systems, encompassing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities, electronic warfare, communication systems, and more. Notably, the bomber will be nuclear-capable and adaptable for both manned and unmanned operations.

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It boasts the flexibility to deploy a wide array of stand-off and direct-attack munitions, ensuring versatility in various combat scenarios. One of the B-21’s distinguishing features is its extensive integration of digital technology, as highlighted in discussions held during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Designed with an open systems architecture, the B-21 Raider is built to swiftly incorporate emerging technologies, ensuring its effectiveness against evolving threats over time. The B-21 Raider is slated to replace the aging B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers, bolstering US national security objectives and providing reassurance to allies and partners worldwide.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Innovative X-Plane Design

Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Innovative X-Plane Design

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, has recently completed the conceptual design review for a groundbreaking high-speed, vertical lift X-plane.

This aircraft, part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program called Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT), aims to demonstrate key technologies and integrated concepts that combine high speed with runway independence.

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Aurora’s design features a low-drag, fan-in-wing demonstrator integrated into a blended wing body platform. This innovative approach merges the agility of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with exceptional speed capabilities.

The team is focused on ensuring the program’s success by setting the stage for successful flight demonstrations, showcasing a transformative capability for air mobility and Special Operations Forces (SOF) missions.

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New renderings of the fan-in-wing (FIW) demonstrator show three lift fans, a more refined composite exterior, and an uncrewed cockpit. The decision to use three lift fans simplifies the demonstrator, streamlining its path to flight testing. This FIW technology can be scaled to incorporate four or more lift fans to meet future aircraft requirements, potentially leading to a new family of systems.

Additionally, while the current demonstrator is uncrewed to facilitate testing and reduce risk, the FIW technology is fully adaptable to crewed aircraft. Aurora’s concept is designed to meet or exceed DARPA’s challenging program objectives. The blended wing body platform is capable of a 450-knot cruise speed, and the embedded lift fans with integrated covers enable a smooth transition from vertical to horizontal flight.

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The design also utilizes existing engine solutions, reducing development risks and timelines. Besides VTOL, the aircraft can perform short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), super short take-off and landing (SSTOL), and conventional take-off and landing.

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China Developing Comac C939 Wide Body Aircraft to Compete with A350 and B777

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China’s Comac aircraft company is currently underway with the development of its own wide-body aircraft, the C939, positioned to compete with industry stalwarts like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 in the future. This strategic move by Comac involves crafting the next iteration with enhanced capacity and extended range capabilities, marking a significant leap forward in technological advancement compared to the current C919 aircraft.

Air China has inked a substantial deal worth a staggering $10.8 billion, based on list prices, to acquire 100 Comac C919 jets, signaling a strong vote of confidence in the domestic challenger to aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing.

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With both China Southern and Air China combining orders for nearly 200 aircraft, the prospects for the new C919 aircraft appear increasingly promising for future fleet growth. To date, Comac has garnered orders for nearly 1,100 aircraft.

China is contemplating the development of another wide-body aircraft, the C939, poised to significantly bolster the aerospace industry in China.

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COMAC has initiated work on the C939, a new wide-body airliner. While design concepts have been formulated, it will still take several years before a prototype materializes, according to reports from the South China Morning Post, citing anonymous sources.

Initially intended to be a joint venture with Russia, plans were halted due to Russia’s decision to safeguard its copyrights and technological advancements within its borders. Consequently, collaboration between China and Russia on aircraft development was discontinued. Sources suggest that China is vigorously pursuing new avenues for the independent development of its own wide-body aircraft, crucial for accommodating larger passenger capacities and extended flight ranges.

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Comac C939 competes with Boeing 777 and A350

Information regarding the program remains limited. COMAC has refrained from commenting on the development of the new aircraft type, stating that official announcements will be made in due course. Nevertheless, the C939 could potentially accommodate up to 390 passengers, positioning it to compete with the largest Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft.

In addition to the prospective C939, COMAC is already advancing with the development of another widebody aircraft, known as the C929. This aircraft is poised to rival the Boeing 787 and Airbus A330, boasting 280 seats and a range approaching 6,500 nautical miles.

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Since obtaining certification in late 2022, the COMAC C919 has been operational, accumulating nearly 1,000 firm orders, predominantly from Chinese-owned airlines and leasing companies.

With multiple widebody aircraft in the pipeline, COMAC stands to achieve parity with the two leading international aircraft manufacturers. Boeing, with its 777 and 787 models, and Airbus, with the A330neo and A350, both have a comparable range of offerings. However, Boeing’s aircraft are encountering delays and production challenges despite substantial orders, while the A350 is performing commendably, though the A330neo’s order intake has not met initial projections.

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How much does C919 cost?

China is under pressure to fulfill the current orders for the C919 aircraft, prompting plans to expand production facilities across various regions within the country. The aim is to ramp up production capacity for C919 planes to 150 aircraft annually over the next five years. The latest reports indicate that the C919 is priced around $99 million, comparable to the price of Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A320 aircraft, with expectations for further price reductions in the future.

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While the C919 has yet to be certified in major aviation markets outside of China, only four have been delivered thus far. In the long term, COMAC’s widebody aircraft will vie for global competitiveness. One potential benefit of COMAC aircraft could be in reducing China’s reliance on Western aircraft manufacturers. However, this shift won’t happen immediately; the current delivery rate of four aircraft in nearly 18 months is not sustainable, and both Airbus and Boeing have established manufacturing facilities in China to cater to its sizable market.

Nevertheless, assuming COMAC addresses the issues impeding deliveries, there’s a plausible scenario where the manufacturer assumes a significant role, particularly as China’s aviation market continues to expand.

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As the C939 progresses through its development stages, more details are expected to emerge. Comparisons between official specifications of the C929 and C939 will be noteworthy, as will the initial orders for each aircraft type. However, it’s anticipated that neither will undergo test flights or enter into service for several years.

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