Turks seem to consider the Su-35 way better than the F-16 already in service with the Turkish Air Force.
Filmed on Sep. 14, 2019 the video in this post feature the incredible Su-35 demonstration at Technofest 2019 techno festival in Istanbul, Turkey.
As reported the Russian Air and Space Force Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-57 multipurpose fighter jets were sent in Turkey to take part in the Technofest exhibition,” Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) spokesperson said.
After watching the Su-35 demonstration at Ataturk airport, Turkish people seemed quite impressed by the flight capabilities of the Russian fighter. In fact, they seem to consider the Su-35 way better than the US-built F-16 already in service with the Turkish Air Force.
Here are several comments they left on YouTube.
“Watching the flight of this plane, I dreamed that this plane would become our fighter jet made at our plant. Today we don’t need the American devil, but the Russian bear is needed.”
Phönix – Diriliş başladı:
“It is much better than the American junk! America doesn’t take anybody except Russia seriously.”
As told by Stalker Zone, other users call the F-16 Fighting Falcon “American junk – F-16” and ask to replace it with Russian fighter jets.
“At 02:34 ‘Pugachev’s cobra’: an ideal combination of aerodynamics and thrust vectoring.”
“We’d better get involved in SU-57 production.”
“It is unknown whether the Russians will approve the transfer of technologies, but if yes, then 20-30 of such planes must be bought.”
On Aug. 10, 2019, the Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Şafak reported that the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM – Savunma Sanayii Mustesarligi) asked the Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (MSB – Turkish Ministry of Defense) to formally weigh in on the possible purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker. I will start official negotiations with Russian state agency ROSOBORONEXPORT if the military approves the proposal.
This request obviously follows the removal of Turkey from the F-35 program in July when Turkey received the first installments of the S-400 ground based air defense missile systems from Moscow.
Photo credit: TASS