Patriot vs. Su-35

Kyiv, Ukraine – With Russia’s persistent aggression, Ukraine is testing its recently acquired American Patriot missile defense system on Russia’s Su-35 Fighter Jet. The Ukrainian military notably intercepted a Russian hypersonic Kinzhal-type ballistic missile with the Patriot system, marking the first known occurrence of such a feat. However, doubts linger over the system’s capability to counter Su-35 fighter jets deploying aerial-guided bombs from afar.

Made by Sukhoi Aviation Corporation, Russia’s Su-35 is a versatile fighter aircraft that primarily functions as an air superiority fighter with secondary air-to-ground capabilities. To counter this, Ukraine suggests the use Patriot missile system, which is designed to intercept and neutralize incoming missiles and aircraft, against the Su-35.

The US Patriot missile defense system has significantly bolstered Ukraine’s ability to withstand Moscow’s hostilities. However, despite its successful interception of a Russian hypersonic missile, the system’s capacity to shoot down Su-35 fighter jets remains uncertain. In response, Ukraine’s military has integrated advanced air defense systems like the German IRIS-T and US-made NASAMS, establishing a formidable, multi-layered air defense network alongside the Patriot system.