Former Russian test pilot Magomed Tolboyev told reporters that the fifth generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet (NATO nickname Felon) was more likely to take the initiative and win in a one-on-one combat with the U.S. F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter.
“Su-57 will kill [a F-35] easy, they should meet one on one. The F-35 cannot maneuver, it is simply incapable. But it has electronic power, ”said Tolboyev, adding that even solar flares could disrupt the electronics.
“That’s why I refuse anything electronic,” said the pilot.
Tolboyev characterized the Su-57 Felon as a “brilliant aircraft”, but underlines that the days of individual combat are long gone.
“Today you don’t fight one on one anymore. Everything depends on your support. There is electronic warfare today. This is no longer a sparring tatami, but a complex approach to tactical issues, ”said the pilot.
In return, military experts were skeptical of his words and found that the F-35 fighter jet can detect enemies from a great distance and dodge enemy radar.
The key to Lightning II’s strategy is that his camouflage must protect him from the prying eyes of Russian radars before they realize they are already at the crossroads of American missiles.