F-35 Lightning II vs SU-27 Flanker

F-35 Lightning II vs  Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker

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Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - F-35PER HOUR - SU-27

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 SUKHOI SU-27
BVR Rating 94% 80%
Armament 8.6/10 8.4/10
Technology 9.5/10 7.8/10
Avionics 9.0/10 8.0/10
Maneuverability 8.5/10 9.4/10 (3D Thrust)
Rate of Climb max. 230 m/s – 45k ft/min max. 280 m/s – 55k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.07 1.05
Service Ceiling 20 km – 65k ft 17 km – 56k ft
Speed 1.60 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.80 km/l – 1.68 NM/gallon 0.26 km/l – 0.57 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 180.000.000 USD 50.000.000 USD
Overall Rating excellent excellent

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 SUKHOI SU-27
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AA-12 Adder (R77 Vympel)
AAM origin NATO Russia
Year in 2013 in 1998
Range (mile) 62 99
Range (km) 100 160
Speed (mph) 2640 2970
Speed (km/h) 4248 4779
Radar AN/APG-81 AESA Phazotron N-012
Radar overall rating excellent very good
BVR Technology 92% 80%
BVR Def. Tech. 95% 82%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.005-0.3 2.0-5.0

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 SUKHOI SU-27
Cannon GAU-22/A GSh-30-1
Caliber (mm) 20 mm 30 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 4200 rpm 1800 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1000 m/s 860 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 10%
Maneuverability 8,5 9,4
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,07 1,05
AAM (first) AIM-9X AA-11 Archer
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.3 – 40 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T AA-8 Aphid
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.1 – 8 km
Dogfight Rating 70% 87%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY F-35 LIGHTNING 2 SUKHOI SU-27
Length 15.6 m – 50.0 ft 21.9 m (72.9 ft)
Wingspan 10.7 m – 35 ft 0 in 14.7 m (48.2 ft)
Wing area 42.0 m² – 460 sq ft 62 m² (667 sq ft)
Height 4.33 m – 14.2 ft 5.92 m (19 ft 6 in)
Weight 13,200 kg – 30,2k lb 16,380 kg (36,100 lb)
Power 1 x 190 kN – 43k lbf 2 x 123 kN – 27,3k lbf

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