US F-22 Raptor v Russian SU-35 Flanker – which jet is better?

We have looked at how the high-performance multi-role aircraft compare.

The American F-22 Raptor and the Russian SU-35 Flanker-E are both high-performance multi-role combat aircraft.

Raptor became operation-capable in 2005 and was the world's only fifth-generation fighter aircraft at the time.

It is still not up for sale, however.

Russia played a similar hand, upgrading the proven SU-27 to the SU-35.

China and Egypt were among the first buyers of the jet, which falls just short of fifth-generation.

How do they compare?


F-22: 2,414 kilometres per hour (km/h)

SU-35: 2,778 km/h


F-22: 18.9m long, 37,875kg (Max)

SU-35: 22m long, 34,500kg (Max)


F-22: 1,840 miles

SU-35: 1,940 miles


F-22:One M61A2 20mm cannon (480 rounds). Two AIM-9 air-to-air missiles.

SU-35: 12 stations for 8,000kg of ordnance. Up to 12 missiles, six at a time.

The weapons bay on the F-22 can be kitted out for air-to-air, or air-to-ground missions, but the Flanker-E has a larger internal cannon and 12 stations for up to 8,000kg of missiles, rockets, and bombs.

It can hold more missiles but fires them in bunches, so can take fewer shots.

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F-22:  $150m (£124.2m) ($334m/£276.6m with R&D)

SU-35 - $60m (£49.7m)


The F-22's ability to hide means it would likely see the Flanker-E long before it is spotted.

Its fifth-generation design leaps mean a few metres of the SU-35 show up on a radar, but for the Raptor, it is less than the size of a bottle cap.


F-22: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan

SU-35: Syria, Ukraine