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Here’s why Egypt will never receive Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets (and why there’s no confirmation for any of reports about Algeria or Iran “taking them instead”)

By Tom Cooper
Dec 30 2021
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Word is the Egyptians tested an Irbis-E radar (from the Su-35) against Rafale’s ECM-system, and the latter easily overpowered the former.

I really do not like playing a party crusher, but there’re ever more indications that Egypt is never going to get any Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets.

By side the US pressure – which, certainly enough, was crucial (why should Washington continue providing US$ 3 billion aid to Cairo (incl. about US1.7 billion military aid), if the latter goes buying Russian combat aircraft) – but, word is the Egyptians tested an Irbis-E radar (from the Su-35) against Rafale‘s ECM-system, and the latter easily overpowered the former.

Thus, think, the jets parked there in Komsomolsk-on-Amur are going to remain where they are for a while longer (and regardless what national markings and serials they ‘already’ wear).

The Egyptian Air Force had to become the first customer for the Su-35 in the Middle East area, following the signing of a contract in 2018 (not confirmed until May 2020), comprising the delivery of 24/26 aircraft for approximately USD 3 billion. In fact, as the photo below shows, at least 11 aircraft were already manufactured and ready for delivery, but Egypt never received them.

And before any of fan-boys get hysteric… There’s no confirmation for any of reports about ‘Algeria taking them instead’ or ‘Iran taking them instead’.

Large parts of the Algerian armed forces are mid through a change-of-command, plus the local law dictates flight-testing in Algeria before any kind of orders. And… Well, so far there was no flight-testing of Su-35s in Algeria (i.e., this story reminds strongly of the Su-34-hysteria).

… And in the case of Iran: I would first like to hear that the IRGC has granted permission for the IRIAF to get that kind of stuff, and then that Tehran actually has the necessary money – before making any kind of useful conclusions.

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Here’s why Egypt will never receive Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets (and why there's no confirmation for any of reports about Algeria or Iran "taking them instead")

Photo credit: Russian Federation via Wikipedia and Unknown


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Tom Cooper, from Austria, is a military-aviation journalist and historian. Following a career in a worldwide transportation business — in which, during his extensive travels in Europe and the Middle East, he established excellent contacts — he moved into writing. An earlier fascination with post-Second World War military aviation has narrowed to focus on smaller air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives of material. Concentrating primarily on air warfare that has previously received scant attention, he specializes in investigative research on little-known African and Arab air forces, as well as the Iranian Air Force. Cooper has published 21 books — including the unique Arab MiGs' series, which examines the deployment and service history of major Arab air forces in conflicts with Israel — as well as over 200 articles on related topics, providing a window into a number of previously unexamined yet fascinating conflicts and relevant developments.

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