At least one Russian Su-35S Flanker-E fighter jet was shot down by Ukrainian air defenses in the country’s eastern region.
The Ukrainian military said the plane crashed near the town of Izyum, some 75 miles south-east of Kharkiv, on Sunday.
The Su-35 pilot crashed and survived, officials say.
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As noted by the Milirarnyi, the Russian pilot’s name is Sergey Ermalov – he is a Major in the Russian Air Force. Serves in the 159th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (based on Besovets airfield, Republic of Karelia, the regiment received the first Su-35C in 2016).
Serhiy Yemalov said he made 15 combat sorties in Ukraine. The last combat mission of the pilot was the search for Ukrainian air defense units. The plane he last piloted was armed with an anti-radar missile and guided bombs.
According to TASS, the Su-35S is a heavily upgraded 4++ generation supermanoeuvrable multirole fighter jet developed on the basis of fifth generation technologies. The Su-35S is notable for its new avionics suite based on the information control system, new radar, increased capacity plasma ignition engines and thrust vectoring.
The Su-35S has been in service with the Russian Army since 2015.
Meanwhile, the Russian military said in early March it had disabled all of Ukraine’s air defenses and air bases.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the Russian attacks had “suppressed the Ukrainian military’s air defenses,” adding that the “infrastructure of Ukraine’s military bases had been disabled.”
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