Real Flight Simulator Su-35

Recently journalists had chance to visit OKB “Sukhoi” and  see and look at the new training simulator designed for training pilots multipurpose fighter Su-35.


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The Su-35 is a deep modernization of the Su-27 and belongs to a generation 4 ++. The aircraft is designed for air superiority, as well as to destroy air ground and surface targets.

Inside fighter Su-35 is fifth-generation technologies that provide superior fighter in its class. Distinctive differences of the Su-35 to Su-27 are new engines with increased thrust TVC, wide range of aircraft weapons, new avionics based on digital information management system and software, a new set of on-board radio-electronic equipment with a phased array radar and two-stage hydraulic drive, etc… Radar of the Su-35 can detect the type of fighter with the goal of flight efficiency dispersion in three square meters at a distance of about 400 km.

10679924564_aafbea72e6_oThe aircraft has ultra-high maneuverability at low and near-zero rates. This capability is provided through the use of special aerodynamic design and the latest engines with thrust vector control (TVC).

10679908066_1ac65333a3_oOKB “Sukhoi” plans to make an training complex. It consists of an integrated simulator, procedural and educational computer class flight and engineering technical staff, who are united in a single information and methodological framework that will make all the things complex for training of pilots and engineering staff together.



10679908836_0a2ca3b818_oThe class is theoretical training with an automated control knowledge elements and are processed in a procedural simulator and then on the complex, which looks similar to origin cabin of the Su-35 fighter (closing lantern, safety harness, with a spherical dome visualization 270×110 degrees.), and it can practicing almost all kind of processes and problems.

10679926664_a85975196a_oIt can be used in network so can connect up to 16 simulators and at the same time perform group training pilots. Over time, it will be possible to combine different types of exercise equipment in one information environs – training -simulator complex. In the future its planned to integrate simulators of other Russian developers.

10679907096_844ae8d452_oIntegrated simulator purposely is not equipped with mobility system, because the system can simulate only a small part of a large range of highly maneuverable fighter overload, and with mobility will show and display inculcate false skills.

10679925974_8eb78cdd74_oThe simulator can perform almost all the same tasks as the pilot is in the plane, including air refueling and the most important thing – testing of emergency situations. This simulator even surpasses the real plane because simulate some troubles and failures situation which are in reality very dangerous, and sometimes impossible. And this is one of the key functions of the simulator.

10679907126_e48c157123_oHow does work simulator

Workplace of the Su-35 pilot in full flight simulators is a ventilated enclosed cabin type, where there are everything necessary for comfortable combat mission.
On desk with monitors, outside the cockpit, is instructor place.

The basic controls are: Pilot control stick, engine control levers and pedals.

10679907746_640b9eb5bb_oInformation tools are collimator aviation pilot light with a control panel display, which displays flight information, two MFI-35 (multifunction display) every 15 ” control integrated system backup devices, multi-function remote display with a working field 4×5 ” helmet-mounted display system and a voice alarm system.

Multi-function board with a working field 4×5 ”  is used to configure all aircraft systems, including radar sighting and navigation equipment, weapons, video recording system.

10679925844_968cbc1773_oAutomatic thrust control and automatic control system, allows, pilot to keep control a desired rate of movement in all maneuvers and in any conditions or fully automatically keep the aircraft on the route in accordance with the flight plan. The must-do of the pilot is reduced only to the take-off and landing tasks, as well as deciding on the use of weapons.

How we fly here?

First, the instructor make a flight scenario of the exercises with given tactical and meteorological conditions on a real map in a given area. Also, the instructor can quickly enter into a flight or cause failures and faults by monitoring the reactions of the pilot.

10794903066_068d42c773_oWorkplace of the instructor is desk with multiple monitors. On the three-dimensional map shows the pivot points, the turning points of the route, and some goals. On another monitor instructor is monitoring the reaction of the pilot, authorities and management and flight parameters. On the third display is general view of the simulator, etc …

Any of the buttons, displays, conditions,…instructor have possibility to zoom in virtual on his monitor.

In fact, flight is happening by itself. The learner is in the cockpit, and the instructor at his workplace. After the training, there is debriefing.

In the photo test pilot OKB “Sukhoi” Sergey Chernyshev performs a test flight and shares his impressions with reporters.


According to Sergei, the philosophy of modern combat mission is as follows: a pilot taking off and waits until the plane automatically to reach a given point; then he decides to use of weapons in accordance with the combat mission (presses the button “defeat the enemy”), waiting until the plane comes back to the base. Thats all.

“The list of tasks to be solved and is already doing this plane is huge. It is characterized by an enormous range of altitudes and speeds, impressive range and endurance, a huge range of weapons that can be used at any time and in any weather conditions. And all these possibilities controls only one person! ”

All photos by: Marina Lystseva (


Vigilant Eagle exercise (high res. photo)

Canadian CF-18 Hornet aircraft from 409 Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta and Russian Su-27 aircraft from Anadyr, Russia practice procedures to transfer a simulated hijacked airplane from Russian to American airspace during the NORAD Exercise VIGILANT EAGLE 13 on August 28, 2013.

Photo: Cpl Vicky



PAK FA (ПАК-ФА T-50) – close photos

Sukhoi company allowed for the first time journalists to see Russian Stealth fighter T-50 (PAK-FA) from close distance at MAKS airshow 2013, Zhukovsky. PAK-FA was in his hangar in Flight Test Center “Suhogo“ (Сухого) Zhukovsky.

Photographed PAK-FA and other two took a part of the Airshow, flying program, showing amazing figures of aerobatics.

Flying tests of T-50, which will enter into service in Russian Army in 2016/2017., held in “Gromov Flight research institute“ (Летно-исследовательского института имени Громова). Four aircraft are included in tests and until end of 2013. joined them fifth jet with number 055.

Development program and many of characteristics are not yet know. Even if most of its technical specs are secret, some details have emerged. T-50 is produced using stealth technology. Super maneuverable fighter is not limited by weather condition or day/night.

The aircraft is a stealth equipped with a front, side and rear AESA radar, as well as L Band radars. It features TVC (Thrust Vectoring Control), a top speed exceeding Mach 2 and super maneuverability. It should carry a wide variety of weapons including air-to-air, air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles.

In other words, it will be Russian answer on American USAF jets F-22 and F-35.

Current contract with Russian Ministry of Defense is about 60 new PAK-FA fighters.

Close PAK-FA Photos: Marina Lystseva

Photos of all 5 prototypes PAK-FA (T-50), numbers from 51 to 55
















Belly landing of the F-111C / RAAF (Australia) – 18.06.2006.

Successful wheels up landing of F-111C at Royal Australian Air Force base Amberley.

The aircraft lost one main wheel during take off and it was decided the safest method to land was with the complete undercarriage retracted. The arrestor hook system was successfully employed to stop the aircraft. 18 Jun 2006.


If you like to see belly landing Su-27, click Su-27 Belly landing.or Russian Knights Su-27 Belly landing video.



Successful wheels up landing of RF-111C

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Iranian F-14A Tomcats and F-4 Phantoms II Escorting Su-27 Flankers Russian Knights Aerobatic Team

Some unexpected photos to see maybe.

Su-27s from Russian aerobatic team being escorted by Iranian F-14A Tomcats and F-4 Phantoms to Bahrain Air Show 2012.

Three Cold war legends, side by side in the air, and no one have finger on trigger.

Iranian Tomcats with Russian Knights

Iranian Tomcats with Russian Knights


Russian Knights team with Iranian F-4s


Iranian F-4 Phantom escorting Russian Knights


F-14 Tomcat escorting Russian Knights


Su-27s and F-14 Tomcat

Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-4DE Phantom II Mig-29CUB F-14A Tomcat Russian Su-27 aerobatic demonstration team returning from Bahrain ruaf (3)


Australian welcome to Indonesian Flanker – Pitch Black 2012. exercise Darwin

Two Australian No. 77 Squadron F/A-18 Hornet Aircraft welcome Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker aircraft into Darwin to participate in Exercise Pitch Black 2012. Mid CaptionExercise Pitch Black is a major multi-national biennial exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force, involving Offensive Counter Air and Offensive Air Support missions being flown at training ranges across the Northern Territory. Exercise Pitch Black 12 was held from 27 July to 17 August 2012, and involved 2200 personnel and up to 94 aircraft from Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and the United States.

Australian F/A-18 and Su-27 and SU-30

Australian F/A-18 and Indonesian Su-27 and SU-30

Soviet airbase in Poland 1948.-1992. Stargard – Kluczewo

Air field Kluczewo (Polish: Lotnisko w Kluczewie, Lotnisko Kluczewo, also known as Lotnisko Stargard, in German: Fliegerhorst Stargard-Klützow or Fliegerhorst Klützow, in Russian: Ключево) was a military airfield 420 kilometers west-northwest of Warsaw, Poland.
The airfield was built in 1935 by the Luftwaffe as Fliegerhorst Stargard-Klützow in what was then German territory. It was a complete air base, with hangars, barracks, a weather station and all. Fuel and ammunition storage facilities were slightly off-base, along with a firing range. As was common at the time the airfield had its own connection to the national railway grid to ease resupplying.

Kluczewo Airfield - Poland 1990.

Kluczewo Airfield – Poland 1990.

In 1936 the airfield was home to the tactical reconnaissance squadrons I./ and II./112. By September 1939 this had changed to the Army Reconnaissance Group 21, flying Henschel HS126. In November 1939 Blind Flying School 2 (German: Blindflugschule2) moved to the airfield, but they returned to their original airfield by the following February. July 1940 brought another Blind Flying School: number 5, flying Ju-52/3m transports. They moved to Belgrade (Yugoslavia) in August 1941, and followed up by the Heavy Transport Flying Blindflugschule 8. Blindflugschule8 left for Brest (Belarus) in February 1943 however.

Su-27S, July 1992. Kluczewo - Poland

Su-27S, July 1992. Stargard-Kluczewo – Poland

After the flying schools had all left the airfield became a fighter base. On 6 October the airfield was severely bombed by US Eigth Air Force heavy bombers. Aside from its oval shaped flying field it also had a reinforced runway to its southwest. It was used from November 1944 by II./JG400 flying Me163 ‘Komets’, a rocket powered fighter. The unit did not progress beyond test flights, however. When the eastern front approached, they were quickly withdrawn to the west in December.
JG3 ‘Udet’, flying Focke Wulf FW190 Fighters was brought to the airfield on 25 January 1945 to counter Soviet attacks on the east front. Soviet forces kept pressing for the airfield however, and JG3 left on 6 February for Prenzlau. Shortly after the entire base was abandoned with the exeption of a 12-men demolition team. The first Soviet tanks reached the airfield on 8 February 1945, but they were repelled a few times before they took the airfield.

Last days of Flankers on this airfield, 2nd July 1992.

Just before leaving Poland, 2nd July 1992.

From 1945 until 1992 the airfield was used by the Soviet air force. They expanded the air base, and built hardened aircraft shelters and a small military town to house their personnel and their families. For quite a while the airfield operated several models of MiG-21, which were replaced by 39 modern Su-27 ‘Flankers’ (33 Su-27 fighters, 6 Su-27UB trainers) in 1988. The best known unit stationed at the airfield was the 159th ‘Red Banner of Novorossiysk’ Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment. The unit had been stationed at the airfield since 12 August 1964. Their final Flankers were withdrawn on 10 July 1992. After the last Russians left on 7 October 1992, the base was abandoned and it has since fallen into ruins.


Kluczewo 2003.

Kluczewo 2003.

Kluczewo 2009.

Kluczewo 2009.

American officer in Su-33

A Russian Navy officer explains his aircraft to a visiting U.S. Navy officer while the aircraft sits on the flight deck of the Russian Aircraft Carrier Adm. Kuznetsov as it steamed in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 7, 1996. The aircraft carrier became the meeting place for the First Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy and the Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet. Russian Adm. Igor Kasatonov invited Vice Adm. Donald L. Pilling, U.S. Navy, aboard the Russian carrier to discuss potential professional contacts between the two navies during the Adm. Kuznetsov deployment in the Mediterranean. The American delegation was hosted to a tour of the ship, a display of embarked aircraft and a traditional Russian meal. The Russian carrier is in the Mediterranean to show the flag and help commemorate the Russian Navy’s 300th anniversary.

American officer in Su-33

Su-27 and other inflatable military decoys

During 2010. Russian army was in talks with company Rusbal to buy inflatable jets, tanks, SAM systems including radars and launchers, they are making them very successful.

There is no war without simple tricks, masking and decoys, even today in modern era with everything is digitalized, or “sattelitazed“ …  almost nothing cant work without some kind of software, or computer usage on the field, or air. But decoys have long history in wars…and very successful history. Why not using them…

Find decoys on this photo :)

Migs and Sukhois real jets or decoys

Here are some photos of decoys which tested Russian Army:


S-300 decoy

Su-27 decoy

Su-27 decoy

Tank decoy


Su-27 decoy


S-300 decoy

American Flankers


Maybe you already heard that two Su-27s Flankers were sold to American company “Pride Aircraft Inc“, acquired from Ukraine. Both are UB variants, demilitarized, 100% overhauled, better to say `zero-time`, and both were registered as civilian jets. So, they were like new from factory, but without weapon systems,no IRST,…etc.


Software , navigation equipment were changed to western technology. All cockpit markings were relabeled in English. The aircraft have full IFR U.S. instrumentation and avionics, but retain every bit of character, pedigree, and performance they had in foreign military service. Marks of the jets are 31 and 32, but civilian licence registers are N131SU and N132SU.

Su-27 UB N131SU

Su-27 UB N131SU


Su-27UB N132SU

By information we found, they were sold to Pride Aircraft around 2009 from Ukraine. Pride Aircraft Inc had plans to do some high-altitude research, but company Pride Aircraft went bust and project was terminated. Both aircraft are sold, and price was about $5 million per jet. Customer unknown yet. Here are some photos and videos with both Flankers:

All cockpit markings were relabeled in English

All cockpit markings were relabeled in English

All cockpit markings were relabeled in English


First flight of the N131SU video

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