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The Rus­sian Min­istry of De­fence has re­leased a video of its lat­est fighter jet in an ef­fort to drive for­eign ex­port sales.

The Krem­lin wants for­eign gov­ern­ments to buy its lat­est Sukhoi35s jet in­stead of a western air­craft.

As part of the sales drive, the Rus­sian Air Force re­leased footage of a test pilot tak­ing its Sukhoi Su-35s for a spin. The su­per sonic jet is be­ing sold as a multi-pur­pose sin­gle-seat fighter with both speed and agility.

Un­like the F-22 and F-35, the Su-35s is not a stealth fighter and re­lies far more on dog fight­ing skills like older air­craft such as the F-16.

Sev­eral cam­eras have been fit­ted to the air­craft in the video as it per­forms a range of high­en­ergy ma­noeu­­cord­ing to Jane De­fence Weekly, China has al­ready pur­chased 24 SU-35S worth an es­ti­mated $2 bil­lion.

The air­craft has a max­i­mum speed of Mach 2.25 at 36,000 feet and carry 8,000kg in weapons with a range of around 1,000.

Rus­sia claims the air­craft is bet­ter than the west’s fourth gen­er­a­tion air­craft, such as the US F-16 and French Rafaele and even the RAF’S Typhoon in­ter­cep­tor.

The Su-35s is fit­ted with a 30mm can­non for air-to-air dog fight­ing as well as the ca­pa­bil­ity of car­ry­ing rock­ets, mis­siles and bombs.

The Rus­sian Min­istry of De­fense re­leased video of the air­craft in ac­tion

The Rus­sians claim the SU-35 can de­feat the F-16 and even the new US F-35 stealth jet

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