Many European countries, including the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain, in aviation prefer the multi-purpose fighter Eurofighter Typhoon. Initially, it was developed exclusively as a fighter to achieve air superiority. "Typhoon" perfectly behaves in air combat. In the unlikely event of a conflict, a European fighter is likely to stand up and win in battle with Sukhoi’s latest generation aircraft, such as the Su-35С. Both the Russian and the European aircraft have their advantages, however, in general, they are quite comparable.
Recently, the pilots of the Typhoon from the Royal Air Force, who received combat training together with the pilots of the Indian Air Force at the Russian Su-30MKI, found out. “The first impression of the“ Flanker ”(NATO codification) is very positive,” commander Chris Moon, the commander of the 3 (fighter) squadron, said in his statement. “This is a great plane, and working with him on our Typhoon is a privilege.”
Indians "Typhoon" is also impressed, and they noticed that both machines are approximately equal in capabilities. “Both are fourth generation airplanes, and therefore correspond to each other in many characteristics. Therefore, the value of training lies in the personal contacts of the pilots, ”said Aviation Major Aviation, Major Aviation, in a statement to the Royal Air Force. “The man who drives the car is most important.”
As noted by Arya, most fourth-generation fighters, such as the Su-35 and Typhoon, have similar characteristics. Pilots flying these planes must learn to fly them to their limits. This means that they need to use their strengths to the maximum and avoid their weaknesses.
As for the Su-35, it is perfectly manageable at low speeds due to the variable thrust vectoring, which negates the advantages of the Typhoon, such as a very high angular speed of rotation and excellent thrust-to-weight ratio. At the same time, he has a large angle of attack. It acts in much the same way as the pilots of the Air Force and the US Navy on their F / A-18 Hornet and F-15 Eagle machines conduct training battles with the “Typhoons” at a distance of visibility. A lot here depends on the pilot and on luck.
Outside the visual range, the technique plays a more prominent role, but in this case tactics, the level of training and the order of actions are the key points. Fighter groups must interact with each other, as well as with AWACS aircraft and ground controllers. One senior US Air Force instructor gave this example. If a group of four F-15 fights with another group of four F-15 using standard tactics, if there are no errors, the fight will end in a draw. Moreover, such tactics pilots are usually kept secret. For example, US Air Force units do not demonstrate their most advanced tactics at international exercises, so as not to expose them to the risk of exposure.
As for technology, neither the Su-35 nor the Typhoon are currently equipped with an automatic electronic scanning antenna array, but both have good opportunities for conducting combat operations beyond the visual range. Both fighters have high speed and high altitude, and therefore can give a tremendous energy to launch their airborne weapons in such a battle. But it is not known how effective the Russian identification systems are in combat conditions, but you need to know exactly what you are shooting at. Further, Typhoon has an excellent cockpit and a pilot-machine interface is much better than the current Flanker variants.
The euroinstaller has one more advantage. In the coming years, the British Air Force will adopt the MBDA Meteor long-range air-to-air guided missile. This rocket with a sustainer-jet propulsion engine is quite possibly the best in its class to attack targets outside the visual range. She has excellent characteristics in the final segment of the flight, and this rocket can become the trump card of the Typhoon pilots - at least until the Russians invent it to be equal.
There is no doubt that Russian planes have come a long way since the end of the Cold War. Su-30 and especially Su-35 are excellent fighters capable in the event of war to create a lot of problems to the western vehicles of the fourth generation. Still, Russian aircraft are lagging behind in such aspects as detection devices and pilot-machine interfaces. Therefore, Typhoon has more chances to win.