Another Oops moment for Russia: Su-35 fighter jet downed in friendly fire

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.29 - 2023 2:31 PM CET

Stock photo: Wikipedia Commons
Stock photo: Wikipedia Commons
Another Oops moment for Russia.

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In a shocking incident, Russian air defense forces accidentally shot down one of their own Su-35 fighter jets. The news was confirmed by Russian propagandist Ilya Tumanov on his Fighterbomber channel.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Su-35 was shot down over Tokmak in a friendly-fire incident.

The Su-35 is one of the most advanced fighter jets in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces, boasting a range of high-tech features including a digital fly-by-wire flight control system and three-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles.

The Su-35 is not just any fighter jet; it's one of Russia's most advanced. It is armed with a 30-millimeter cannon and can detect targets at more than 400 kilometers.

Its radar can simultaneously track up to 30 targets. The jet has a maximum speed of 1,500 mph and an operational range of 1,940 nautical miles at high altitude.

This incident is not an isolated one; it adds to a growing list of Russian mistakes that have been making headlines.

From claiming to have shot down a 'shadow missile' with British crew members—a claim that is impossible as shadow missiles cannot have crew members—to manipulating a photo to show a deceased soldier receiving a medal, and even airing a video on Russia-1 that confused Kaliningrad with a Polish city, the Russian state has been consistently undermining its own credibility.

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